Title:Date: Anderson University names School of Business in honor of Dr. Glenn Falls
President James L. Edwards has announced that, for the first time in the university’s 84-year history, a school on the campus will be named in honor of an individual. As a result, the School of Business at Anderson University will be named in honor of Dr. R. Glenn Falls, professor emeritus of Business and Economics and university benefactor; which will represent his lifetime commitment to the private Christian institution.
“We are celebrating the contributions of a true founder in the naming of our School of Business for Dr. R. Glenn Falls,” said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. “While he has given a lifetime to his teaching role on the campus, he has extended the outreach of the university and its highly regarded business programs far beyond this community. By making this first naming of a school on the campus for Dr. Falls, we believe we are extending his lifetime work, his values and his gifted accomplishments. We are so proud to associate this outstanding program with his name.”
Dr. Falls graduated from Anderson University in 1948 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He continued his education at Indiana University, earning a Master of Business Administration degree in 1950 and a DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) in 1954. He retired from Anderson University in 1987 after 35 years of distinguished service. Upon retirement, the Anderson University Board of Trustees honored Dr. Falls with the title of professor emeritus of Business and Economics. He continues to serve the university as an investment advisor, coordinating and evaluating the university’s endowment and trust funds.
“The School of Business faculty is pleased and excited that the university has chosen to honor the contributions of Dr. Glenn Falls by establishing the Dr. R. Glenn Falls School of Business,” said Dr. Ken Armstrong, dean of the AU School of Business. “Dr. Falls gave 35 years of dedicated service to building a strong School of Business. He combined excellent teaching skills that involved the very best of both theoretical and practical understanding with very high expectations and a never wavering commitment to students. These qualities remain the core of the School of Business to this day.”
During his career that began in 1952, Dr. Falls, along with former colleague Dr. Harold Linamen, professor emeritus of Business and Economics [retired since 1987], became instrumental in nurturing the department of Business and Economics—providing the foundation for the current School of Business. Throughout the course of his tenure, Dr. Falls served as chair of the department of Business and Economics, chair of the Social Sciences Division and associate dean of the College. Among many highlights of the program during Dr. Falls’ tenure was the expansion of business majors while integrating the program into the liberal arts at AU. In addition, he networked with local business and community leaders to develop educational and economic opportunities to encourage graduates to live and work locally.
In addition, to his service with the university, Dr. Falls has contributed as either a board director or an investor to several Madison County organizations. Local organizations through which Dr. Falls has provided leadership include, but are not limited to, the Anderson Banking Company, Pay Less Supermarkets, ALAC Services, Inc., and Kleinhenn Co.
“I am truly honored,” said Dr. Falls. “I joined Dr. Linamen and others to spend most of my working life developing the School of Business. It is a great joy to see something through which you contributed grow so well after you leave. I am very proud of what the School of Business is doing and excited to witness its expansion. It is not common for a university the size of AU to have such a strong School of Business; however, I am so proud our program sets us apart in this way and is yet another unique aspect of the institution. Also, I am so happy I have been able to continue working with the university and financially contribute to its future.”
Immediately following his retirement in 1987 from Anderson University, Dr. Falls and his wife Ruth donated $1 million to AU establishing both the Glenn and Ruth Falls Endowed Scholarship Fund and the Falls Faculty Development Endowment Fund among other areas of support. In 1993, Dr. Glenn and Ruth Falls again contributed $1.5 million to “The Anderson Challenge” capital campaign that concluded on Dec. 31, 1999. The resources from this gift were earmarked for faculty development, university facilities, equipment and other projects.
Dr. Falls received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1981 as well as the John H. Kane Loyalty Award from Anderson University in 1987. In 1993 Dr. Falls was inducted into the Madison County Business Hall of Fame by Junior Achievement of Central Indiana. Both he and Ruth Falls received the University Heritage Award in 1996. The Falls have two daughters, Carolyn Caldwell and Barbara Schelstrate, both graduates of Anderson University. In addition, the Falls have five grandchildren and an equal number of great-children.
“Glenn Falls is the very essence of the Christian college—excellence in teaching, dedication of life to Christ and his Church, and stewardship of his resources,” said Dr. Robert A. Nicholson, president emeritus of Anderson University.
The Falls School of Business at Anderson University recently relocated to a 36,000 square foot building at 1303 East Fifth Street, which formerly served as the executive office building for Church of God Ministries. During the past ten years alone, the Falls School of Business has grown from 8 full-time faculty members (2 with earned doctorates) to 16 full-time faculty members expected for the fall semester of 2001 (11 with earned doctorates and two faculty members pursuing doctorates). In addition, there are currently more than 2,350 alumni of the Falls School of Business with nearly 500 of those alumni living in Madison County.
The Falls School of Business at Anderson University offers accredited undergraduate and graduate programs in a wide variety of business disciplines. The school currently provides a Master of Business Administration degree targeted toward working professionals and a new Master of Accountancy program.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in business, education and theology.