ITHACA, NY – On Monday, Cornell announced its intention to combine its disparate business schools into one unified College of Business.

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The new college will combine Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration, the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, according to an announcement from the Provost’s office.

The announcement says the new venture will be “a top 10 business school in terms of scale and impact,” when it launches next year.

The merger is pending approval of the Board of Trustees, who meet in January. If approved, college leadership will move forward with plans on how to integrate the schools.

Benefits of the arrangement, according to the announcement, include increased opportunities for multi-disciplinary learning and research, as well as the opportunity for substantial restructuring to create a streamlined administration and more effective programs.

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Michael Smith

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