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About Vanderbilt Business

In 1969, Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management opened its doors to ten students and ten faculty members in a former funeral home. Today, Owen is among the top business schools. Accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Owen is widely recognized for its challenging academics, stimulating and innovative research environment, strong student/faculty ratio and a spirit of teamwork. The school was renamed in 1977 in honor of Lulu and Ralph "Peck" Owen, former chairman of American Express.

Leadership: M. Eric Johnson

Prior to being named Dean of Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management in 2013, M. Eric Johnson served as Associate Dean for the MBA program at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, where he was also Faculty Director of the Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies and Benjamin Ames Kimball Professor of the Sciences of Administration. He began his academic career at Owen, where he taught from 1991- 1999. One of the youngest professors to receive tenure in the school’s history, Johnson twice won the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award while at Owen.

Honors and Rankings

Vanderbilt's programs are consistently ranked in the top 10 percent of accredited business schools by Bloomberg Businessweek, U.S. News & World Report, Financial Times, The Economist and Forbes.
Select accolades include:

U.S. News & World Report - #23 MBA Program (2022)
Princeton Review - #2 Best Administered; #4 Best Professors; #4 Most Family-Friendly MBA; #5 Best Campus Environment (2021)
Poets & Quants - #28 Top 100 MBA Programs (2019)
Economist - #18 MBA among U.S. programs (2021)
Financial Times - #1 Aims Achieved; #4 Career Progress in U.S. (2021); #13 Executive MBA among U.S. programs (2019)

Faculty Experts

Vanderbilt’s Owen School faculty combines academic prestige with the real-world experience of top practitioners in a uniquely intimate and collaborative learning environment. From global finance and marketing to specialized areas such as health care and HR, Owen faculty are among the world’s best and have served as industry consultants in several prominent fields.

Contact Information

Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management
Management Hall
401 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203

Central Office
After Hours: 615-322-2706

Owen Contact
Lacie Blankenship