Stanford GSB Firsts

We invite you to learn more about our history by reading the many historic “firsts” at Stanford GSB.

Year First
1925 First location Jordan Hall
  First dean Willard Hotchkiss
  First faculty Eliot Mears, Victor Pelz, Edward Strong
  First day of school October 1, 1925
1926 First female students Christine Isabelle Ricker, Etta Howes Handy
1927 First MBA degrees awarded Charles Harold Overfelt, Melvin Stephen Sanguinetti
1930 First women awarded MBA degrees Gertrude Benedict, Helen Carpenter
  First student from Asia Sau Man (from Canton, China)
1931 First PhD awarded Harrison Val Hoyt
1933 First day of Stanford GSB library April 3, 1933
1946 First emeritus professor George Dowrie
1953 First African American awarded MBA degree Andrew J Howard III
1958 First Sloan class Class of 1958
1965 First alumni director Paul Johnson
1966 First JD/MBA students Initially titled LLB/MBA program
1968 First computer course Taught by Norman Nielsen and William Massy
1977 First “View From The Top” speaker Ron Daniels, CEO of McKinsey & Company
1984 First tenured female professor Joanne Martin
1987 First student trip To Japan, led by Prof James Patell
1990 First Nobel Prize winner William Sharpe
2018 First female Stanford GSB advisory council chair Sandra Horbach