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It’s Iowa City. 1858.

Just imagine: gas street lights provided illumination to the city’s dirt roads, ferries crossed the Iowa River, and the railroad had just arrived in Iowa City two years earlier. It was a time of incredible change and growth for both the city and the university.

The Tippie College of Business' roots can be traced back to that time, too, just 11 years after the University of Iowa was established in 1847. The first “business” course offered was Moral Philosophy, which examined political economy, a subject that evolved to later include modern economics, finance, and commerce.

Today, 158 years later, the Tippie College of Business is one of the top-ranked, best-value business programs in the country. Tippie’s more than 48,000 living alumni are succeeding in today’s business environment around the globe.

Tippie leadership

Any organization needs strong leadership at the helm to steer it toward success, and that strength is right here at Tippie. Our leadership team works hard on refining our programs so that our students are able to find jobs that provide both professional and personal satisfaction. On top of that, our Tippie Advisory Board provides guidance, support, and insight to the college’s leadership team.  

Sarah Fisher Gardial, Dean 

Since joining the college on July 1, 2012, Gardial has guided our strategic plan, raised significant funds from our donors and alums, and been an outstanding spokesperson for business education. She is passionate about providing an education to all students, especially women and those from underrepresented communities.

Kurt M. Anstreicher, Senior Associate Dean

Highly respected both within the college and internationally for his research, Anstreicher’s role includes overseeing the college’s budgets and all things related to the faculty. Given his ability to work with complex data, his analysis of business school trends is helping us work toward a positive future.

Kenneth G. Brown, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program

Passionate about undergraduate education, Brown has been recognized frequently for his work in the classroom. His staff create programming that helps Tippie students become more engaged and successful in the college.  

David W. Frasier, Associate Dean, MBA Programs

Frasier’s responsibilities include overseeing the college’s vast portfolio of MBA and graduate offerings. Whether in Hong Kong or Des Moines, Frasier’s team works diligently to deliver quality programs to students so that they can make a difference in the workplace.


Alumni Story
Henry Tippie

Why are we called the Tippie College of Business?

Henry B. Tippie was a farm boy who grew up in Belle Plaine, Iowa, and his education started in a one-room schoolhouse. After serving in the Army Air Force at 17, he came to the University of Iowa to study and graduated in 1949 with a BSC in accounting.

After a lot of hard work, Henry wanted to give back to the school he attributes his successes to, and in February 1999, he made a significant contribution to the College of Business to support its students and faculty. The college was renamed the Henry B. Tippie College of Business in Henry Tippie’s honor.

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Tippie has had nine deans during its 158-year history.

  • Sarah Fisher Gardial, 2012–present
  • William C. (Curt) Hunter, 2006–2012
  • Gary C. Fethke, 1993–2006
  • George G. Daly, 1983–1993
  • Emmett J. Vaughan, Interim Dean, 1981–1983
  • J. Richard Zecher, 1978–1981
  • Billy L. Barnes, 1963–1978
  • Sidney G. Winter, 1950–1963
  • Chester A. Phillips, 1921–1950