To build foundations for ethical business leadership by creating, discovering and communicating knowledge about leading-edge research, innovation and best management practices.
We prepare our graduates to be engaged citizens of the rapidly changing global world of business, and through the synergy of research, education and service, the David Eccles School of Business strives to be among the most respected business schools in the world.
The David Eccles School of Business embodies the legacy of Utah’s first entrepreneur and the school’s namesake, David Eccles. Through four core values, David Eccles forged a path and paved the way for the state’s enterprising business success and the school’s culture.
David Eccles was a skilled leader who founded more than 50 successful businesses in Utah and across the Intermountain West. He was also an elected, civil servant. Leadership is a principle instilled and quality exemplified throughout the Eccles School. That leadership manifests itself in the classroom and boardroom, and everywhere our faculty, staff, students and alumni go.
The Eccles School community strives for excellence. David Eccles wasn’t content to be successful and do a good job. He was exceptionally dedicated, received accolades and respect from his peers and amassed great wealth, both personally and professionally. From academic achievement to community service and workplace accomplishment, excellence is bound to the Eccles Experience.
The legacy of David Eccles has lasted for generations. His vision, determination and business acumen set the standard for future business leaders in Utah and beyond. The Eccles School builds on David Eccles’ legacy annually as graduates embark on personal journeys in many states and countries, touching the lives of millions. Ours is a proud heritage and lasting legacy.
When David Eccles left this world as a very wealthy man at age 63 in 1912, he was mourned, honored and celebrated. His success, and reason for admiration, had as much to do with his personal grit and diligent hard work as his natural talent. Without perseverance, David Eccles may never have made his mark. Students at the Eccles School learn something about perseverance as they earn their degrees. Many of them wouldn’t even be here if they hadn’t already learned, to some extent, to persevere. As a community, we respect diligence and hard work, and believe perseverance plays an important, lasting role in each of our lives.
The Eccles School teaches, coaches and works alongside current and future business leaders. The school espouses five values that form the foundation of educational and professional success in the lives of students, alumni and the Eccles School team.
Students who engage in the Eccles Experience undergo a transformation of self. A freshman who enters here leaves as a different, more well-rounded, skilled and thoughtful individual. Students engage with new ideas and embrace new mindsets as they become proud Eccles School graduates. Faculty and staff continually strive for mastery of trade and craft. We value both who we are and what we’re becoming.
The faculty at the Eccles School excels in research, serving as thought leaders in every business field and keeping their students at the cutting-edge of understanding. Students who attend the Eccles School are some of the brightest among their peers. Regardless of their personal or professional environments, our alumni are known for their diligent work ethic, wisdom beyond their years, and bright, inventive solutions to difficult challenges.
The Eccles School helps students find new, novel approaches to doing business. Faculty encourage outside-the-box thinking for individual learning. Imaginative, critical thinking skills are taught and applied across the business school campus and in the workplaces of our alumni.
The University of Utah is recognized as a top entrepreneurial environment for students, thanks largely to support from Eccles School graduates and donors, and the vision of school leaders. Students who want to create their own businesses find complete support and fertile soil at the Eccles School. Students also find their inner entrepreneur by thinking creatively inside the classroom and on the job.
The Eccles School is a valuable community partner. Its institutes and centers deliver academic research and willingly support community initiatives. Its students and graduates become upstanding, contributing members of individual communities who give back through volunteer service. Students also stay connected through the school’s ever-growing, active, worldwide alumni network. The community embraces students and alumni from many backgrounds, nationalities, ethnicities and life experiences. We value being inclusive of all and foster diversity in academics and throughout the school.