Honoring a Rich Legacy; Shaping a Bright Future

The Villanova School of Business develops business leaders for a better world through the Augustinian values of truth, community, caring and leading through service.

VSB provides a world-class business education with undergraduate programs, graduate programs and executive education. Renowned faculty blend formal business training with real-world application to deliver an innovative and rigorous curriculum.

By bridging theory and practice, VSB helps students to develop into creative problem solvers who become ethical, influential leaders who know how to grow, analyze and protect business value.

Collaborative. Creative. Entrepreneurial. VSB educates leaders with a desire to effect positive change in their workplaces and their communities, as well as around the globe.





Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD The Helen and William O’Toole Dean Villanova School of Business

Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD
The Helen and William O’Toole Dean
Villanova School of Business



Leading Business into the Future

Throughout the upcoming academic year, VSB is celebrating its 100th anniversary—and what a century it has been! Over the past 100 years, VSB has created a learning environment unprecedented in the world of business education – one that transforms lives and positively impacts society while developing ethical business leaders.

When I joined as dean in 2016, VSB had just been recognized as the No. 1 undergraduate business program in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek. Since then, we’ve made even more strides to attract and retain world-class faculty, staff and students, therefore turning out the best alumni network filled with people who are living our Augustinian values by using their business skills to make the world a better place. 

As we have prepared for this momentous occasion, we have reflected on our rich legacy and want to thank the entire VSB community for their many contributions over the years. Whether you graduated from C&F or VSB, each one of you has helped to make us an outstanding business school and we hope you will celebrate with us.

VSB has much to be proud of and I have been honored to lead our School as we continue to shape a bright future.





A Storied History

Villanova University dates back to 1842, when the Augustinians from Saint Augustine’s Church in Philadelphia purchased the 200-acre “Belle Air” estate in Radnor Township with the intention of starting a school. The first classes at Villanova College followed a traditional liberal arts curriculum, typical of most mid-19th-century schools.

Eighty years later, in 1922, the Division of Commerce and Finance was established as part of a larger trend in higher education at the time to offer more specialized coursework in fields such as business, nursing and engineering. While much has changed over the past 100 years, VSB’s founding principles have stood the test of time: a well-rounded business education rooted in a liberal arts foundation; a focus on experiential learning and real-world application; and the pursuit of excellence in business education guided by our Augustinian Catholic values.


A timeline of VSB's History from 1842 to present day



Celebrate with VSB


VSB 100th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday May 4, 2023 at 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
The Finneran Pavilion

Our grand finale event of the year! Celebrate 100 years of VSB history and all who have contributed to our success. An evening of cocktails, hors d'oevres and dancing.






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Students dressed professionally

Help VSB Develop Tomorrow’s Business Leaders

Over the past 100 years, VSB has provided students with an exceptional education. Please consider making a gift to ensure VSB will continue to develop business leaders for a better world over the next 100 years.



VSB Mentor Program: Undergraduate Track

VSB's 100 Years of Excellence Calls for 100 New Mentors

The VSB Mentor Program is excited to launch its alumni mentor campaign in celebration of VSB's 100th Anniversary. With a goal of recruiting 100 new alumni mentors this semester, we invited you to become a mentor to the next generation of Villanova Business leaders!

Mentoring is a vital part of the Villanova experience; not only does it support students' careers and professional development, but it also provides alumni like you a meaningful way to pay it forward.




Stay Connected with VSB

Follow VSB as we celebrate 100 years of business education and impact. We invite members of the VSB community to share favorite VSB memories and stories of impact.  



100th Anniversary Brand Kit for Faculty & Staff

Promoting an event? Presenting at a conference? Make sure you access the 100 Year files needed to promote 100 years of VSB.