Over 400 years ago, on the banks of the majestic James River, as the Virginia Company established a foothold in the new world, the seeds were sown for a nation based on free enterprise and a marketplace of ideas and personal liberties.
Almost from the outset of this experiment in exploration, commerce, risk and reward, William & Mary served as a catalyst for the ideas and the people who would, quite literally, change the world. William & Mary has been called Alma Mater of the Nation because the leaders who had such a profound effect on shaping our democracy — Washington, Jefferson, Patrick Henry, John Marshall, James Monroe — either studied here or walked its historic pathways and cobblestones debating the merits of a republic based on “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
At William & Mary, the voices of our nation’s builders still echo through our halls. This place fostered the dreams that would fuel a revolution and give birth to a nation.
Driven by our distinctive ideals of public service, entrepreneurship and innovation we have pressed on and once again take up the challenge of revolution, an economic one, where commerce, integrity, hard work and innovation will be called on to reshape the world once more.
The Mason School of Business embraces the spirit of revolution by educating the next generation of principled leaders who will imagine the great business opportunities of the day and seize them.
The entrepreneurial spirit that is the cornerstone of American business is as alive and as important as ever and lives on at the Mason School of Business.