College of Business
In 1968, Tennessee Tech entered a contract with the Sorrell Brothers of Sparta at a base bid of $1,134,250 for the construction of a new Business Administration building. Johnson Hall was erected in 1970; and in 1975, Johnson Hall was named in honor of Louis Johnson, the founding Dean of the college. Dean Louis Johnson served as the founding dean for the Tennessee Tech College of Business and remained its driving force for 36 years until his passing at the age of 95.
Tennessee Tech has recently endeavored several capital projects resulting in a high volume of campus and college wide constructions and renovations. Tech has not seen such a vast and advanced scope of construction since the 1960s. Similarly, the College of Business has not experienced remodeling since first opening the doors to Johnson Hall in 1970.
Johnson Hall has become the home-away-from-home for nearly 1,300 students. This substantial number includes all students who declare any one of our business majors, comprising approximately 14% of all Tennessee Tech students. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that the Johnson Hall building maintains the ability to efficiently cater to students’ needs, so they can grow educationally, professionally, and personally. Excitedly, Johnson Hall is included in a 2023 Tennessee Tech capital project, in which it will undergo a complete renovation.
As Johnson Hall is being renovated, Foundation Hall will be the temporary home of the College of Business and its four academic units: Accounting and Business Law; Economics, Finance, and Marketing; Decision Sciences and Management; and Graduate Studies. It also currently houses our two centers of excellence and student success center.
As in Johnson Hall, CoB faculty and staff will continue to serve students with the same high-quality care, effort, and attention. Students will still have access to CoB resources including the Bloomberg lab, student collaboration stations, Professional Readiness and Leadership, and faculty office hours. Though moving all faculty, staff, students, and classes may be uncomfortable for an abbreviated time, the College of Business will remain united and together on campus, able to make a home in a building that has a history of serving students well. We anticipate returning to the new Johnson Hall in the 2025 Fall semester.