About the FCB

Northern Arizona University-The W. A. Franke College of Business (NAU-FCB) is a place you'll come – and you may never leave. You may make a connection for life.

Ask our faculty, many who have been here for more than a dozen years. They will tell you about their connections with students today and students from yesterday. As they do, a spark is in their eyes, because this is what they love about their commitment here.

Ask our alumni, so many of whom work or teach at Northern Arizona University and at the FCB. Or ask our alum who give back as guest lecturers or recruiters for their company. They look forward to coming back, renewing the connections they made while earning their degree.

This is what we hear, over and over (see videos). The FCB is a place to feel connected.

Living our Mission Statement, one day at a time.


The FCB Business Division Mission Statement

The College will be a leading provider of business education for students who are from Arizona and the surrounding region. Our primary focus is providing a residential campus experience for traditional undergraduate students.

The accelerated MBA program is focused on students with a core business education seeking graduate studies in management theory and practice and those seeking accounting certification.

Our primary goal is to prepare students to make valuable contributions to their chosen profession and their communities.

Our secondary goal is to provide high-quality, business-related training, education, consulting, and information to the Arizona community.

In pursuit of these goals we commit to the following:

  • We will foster a sense of community and promote diversity among our students, staff, faculty, and alumni.
  • We will offer a rigorous, current, AACSB-accredited curriculum.
  • We will integrate advanced technologies into the curriculum.
  • We will support and encourage our faculty in their creative and personalized delivery of our curriculum and their counseling of our students.
  • We will maintain and nurture an ongoing faculty commitment to a broad array of intellectual contributions that includes pedagogical research, contributions to practice, and discipline-based scholarship

A Message from the Dean

Dean Craig Van SLyke

Whether through academic programs or co- and extra-curricular activities, FCB’s faculty and staff dedicate themselves to making a difference in the lives of our students and of those in our community. Please join us in our quest to make the difference that matters.

Craig Van Slyke, Ph.D.
Dean, The W. A. Franke College of Business


The Dean Speaks

For the Dean's full message and to find out more about Dean Craig Van Slyke, click HERE.

One Man's Commitment is Transformational

In 2007, Bill Franke made a $25 million commitment to Northern Arizona University's College of Business. The College of Business Administration was renamed to The W.A. Franke College of Business. Learn more about this transformational commitment here.

Study in the Heart of the Great Outdoors

The 738-acre NAU campus is situated an hour and a half from the Grand Canyon, less than an hour from Sedona, and two hours from the Phoenix metropolitan area.

To the north, students can enjoy hiking and mountain biking trails on the 12,000-foot San Francisco Peaks, as well as skiing and snowboarding at Arizona Snowbowl.

Find out more about Life at NAU and living the good life in Flagstaff, Arizona.

A Little of a Lot of History

1902 | The business curriculum began as a single course offering in Bookkeeping and Commercial Law

1915 | Faculty added a separate Commercial Course to the curriculum

1935 | Curriculum grew into a core curriculum of required lower-division and specialized upper-division courses designed specifically to prepare students for work in the business world.

1966 | Formally renamed the College of Business Administration

1963 | The “School of Business Administration” moved into its own building, only a year before the first computer was installed for use by students and local businesses. 

1969 | On May 12, CBA received its first accreditation by the AACSB—The International Association for Management Education.

1971 | The CBA offered its first Master’s of Business Administration degree, with four MBA students graduating in 1972.

1973 | Former NAU President J. Lawrence Walkup announced that NAU’s College of Business Administration was “cited as one of the leading colleges in America providing the business world with expertise in the various major fields of business.”

1974 | CBA moved into its building at the southwest end of campus. With more than 600 students, we had the second highest enrollment of all colleges and schools within the university.

1998 | November, the CBA received reaffirmation of accreditation by the national accrediting body, AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a distinction shared by fewer than one-third of the nation's 1,000-plus business degree programs. Students can choose from six streamlined undergraduate major programs, and thirteen certificates (ranging over such vital areas as entrepreneurship, database administration, international marketing, and corporate financial management). An expanding, re-designed MBA program focuses on integrated business knowledge.

2006 | After its successful Building on Excellence Campaign, CBA moves into its new building on 20 W. McConnell Drive, Building 81.

2007 | Mr. W.A. Franke invests in Excellence with his commitment of $25M to the college; the College of Business Administration is renamed to The W.A. Franke College of Business.

2008 | The College was fully reaccredited by AACSB International.