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Records of the John L. Grove College of Business

 Record Group
Identifier: RG-010

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the activities of the College of Business. It dates from 1939-2020, with the bulk of materials dating 1967-1979. Included are interdepartmental memos, accreditation materials, curriculum materials, correspondence, budgets, meeting minutes, reports, and promotional materials. All academic departments are represented in the collection including those that have been discontinued or integrated into another department. The collection includes three series that include Series 1 (Administrators), Series 2 (General Business), and Series 3 (Academic Departments). All series are arranged in alphabetical order. The collection has a major gap of documents from 1990-present.


  • 1939-2022, bulk 1967-1979

Conditions Governing Access

This record group is open for research. There are no restricted files. Contact the repository for terms of use.

Biographical / Historical

The College of Business began as Business Education in 1938 and offered a Bachelor of Science degree. The college added a master’s program in 1962. In 1971, the School of Business was created, and the first dean was Dr. Benjamin Nispel, who later became Dean of the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences. The school was divided into two departments in 1972 that included Business Administration and Business Education. Dr. Ephraim Smith was named dean in 1974, and the School of Business was reorganized into three departments that included the Department of Accounting and Finance, the Department of Management Marketing, and the Department of Economics and Management Science.

There is some uncertainty with Business Education documents. It appears that the entire division was once named that, but there was also a department within the division named Business Education at a later time. Throughout the 1970s, the school added and changed academic departments and the number of degrees for graduates increased. In 1981, the business program at Shippensburg was the first in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to become AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited. Around 1983-1984, the school became the College of Business. In 1999, Business Education was retired and replaced with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In 1993 the department went through a judicious transformation to stay current with worldly business trends. The school was renamed the John L. Grove College of Business in honor of John and Cora Grove who were philanthropists and significant contributors to a campaign that benefited the College of Business. Detailed documentation about their contributions can be found within this record group. The John L. Grove College of Business is streamlined into three academic departments that include Accounting and Management Information Systems; Finance and Supply Chain Management; and Department of Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship. Other academic departments within the college have been orphaned and include Accounting and Finance, Business Administration, Business Administration and Economics, Economics, Business Education and Office Administration, Management and Marketing, and Office Administration. The College of Business currently offers a minor program, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, A Master of Business Administration, and a variety of certifications. The John L. Grove College of Business continually evaluates their program and adjusts it to meet the demands of the most current business world. This description of the organizational timeline of the College of Business has room for development with additional research.

When Business Education started in 1938, it acted as its own entity answering only to the President of the college. In 1970, it was transferred to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and has remained there since. “The Provost’s Office provides leadership and maintains direct administrative responsibility for educational programming including curricular, budgetary, academic personnel matters and academic planning.” (

Sources Consulted: “Provost.” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Shippensburg University. Accessed 2/09/2021.


4.15 Linear Feet (12 archives boxes)

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Custodial History

This record group was received by Archives and Special Collections as a records transfer.


Further accruals are expected.

Processing Information

It was difficult at times during processing to ascertain when an academic department within the College of Business started, changed, and/or ended. There could possibly be some documents that have been placed with the wrong department in spite of every effort made to avoid that. Departments that no longer exist are marked "orphaned."
Records of the John L. Grove College of Business
Record Group 10
Melanie Reed
February 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Shippensburg University Archives & Special Collections Repository

Ezra Lehman Memorial Library room 207
Shippensburg University of PA
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg PA 17257
717-477-1123 x3357