The Detroit News: A look at Wayne State's Mike Ilitch School of Business
When students arrive next week at the new Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University, they’ll sit in classrooms with breathtaking views of the city's downtown skyline down Woodward Avenue. Officials gathered for a ribbon cutting Tuesday for the 125,000-square-foot building at 2771 Woodward Ave. Lauren McCree will be among the 4,000 students, faculty and staff to walk through the halls of the new business school when it opens its doors for fall classes on Aug. 29. The 23-year-old picked Wayne State University for its new sport and entertainment management program. “When I saw this opportunity with the business school and all these big things happening in Detroit, I said I need to come home,” said McCree, a native Detroiter who briefly lived in Virginia. “It just felt right so now I’m here. I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity to get my higher education.” Developers broke ground on the project in July 2016 in District Detroit, which is north of Little Caesars Arena. Contractors from Detroit made up 40 percent of those working on the project, officials said. Since the project was first announced in October 2015, graduate MBA enrollment increased by 65 percent and total school enrollment increased by 30 percent to more than 4,000 students, said Bob Forsythe, dean of the Mike Ilitch School of Business. Faculty and staff moved into the building earlier in the summer.