The business school at Arizona State University was founded in 1955. Named in honor of our benefactor — the late philanthropist Wm. Polk Carey — the W. P. Carey School of Business is now one of the biggest and top-ranked business schools in the nation.
The late Wm. Polk Carey was a visionary real estate investor, generous philanthropist, and ASU benefactor. In 2003, Mr. Carey announced a $50 million gift from his educational and philanthropic foundation to the business school at ASU. At the time, the donation was the second-largest gift ever made to a U.S. business school. He once said of this gift, “The key to future economic growth is quality education, and this school will be dedicated to producing our country’s next generation of business leaders.”
In recognition of the extraordinary support, Arizona State University renamed the business school in his honor. The gift has been instrumental in helping the W. P. Carey School of Business become one of the world’s top business schools, with various programs ranked Top 30 nationwide by U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, and Financial Times.
Mr. Carey passed away in January 2012 at the age of 81, after an incredible career in finance lasting over 60 years.
We are fortunate to be part of a New American University. Embracing the educational needs of the entire population — not just a select group — Arizona State University is committed to creating an environment that promotes empowerment and voice among all members of the university community. Diversity underpins this vision.
The W. P. Carey School is rethinking the nature of business to engage the world and create a better future. Diversity is a major component of this vision as well. Our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness extends from the classroom to our campus, our community, and beyond.