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USU's business school angling for the top

Logan (Salt Lake Tribune) » The first thing Doug Anderson noticed when he stepped into Utah State University's business school as its new dean was a useless relic of the 20th century that summed up everything he wanted to change.

"There was an old phone booth from 1970 when the building went up. There was this wire from where the telephone had been taken out, and it had been like that forever," Anderson said during a recent interview at his office in USU's George S. Eccles Business Building.

Needless to say the booth was removed from the Eccles lobby, but so was Anderson's former office as part of a $3 million renovation that the dean hopes is a precursor to a $58 million expansion, the Legislature willing. Today in their places are a student lounge and group study rooms, but more is needed to square the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business with its ambitions to become a "top-tier" school.

"We want to send a message that our students are our first priority," said Anderson, a USU alumnus and Logan native who was a member of Harvard's economics faculty for 10 years. "This building just doesn't work. It's an old style of management. It's very vertical, hierarchical. The customer doesn't count, the students. It made you feel like you were on a commuter campus, even though we are a residential campus."

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