The William E. and Ann L. Swan Business Center


After a $15 million dollar campaign, construction for the William E. & Ann L. Swan Business Center began in March 2012. The building is a 21st century design, but still maintains the look of the other academic buildings on campus. The Business Center opened in August 2013, and is located between the Reilly Center and Plassmann Hall. The $15 million dollar campaign included $10 million dollars for construction of the center, $4 million dollars in endowments to support faculty and programs, and $1 million dollars for building sustainability.

The building opened in August 2013. The building is named after William Swan (Class of 1969) and his wife, Ann, who donated $3 million dollars to the School of Business campaign in honor of her late husband and his committment to Franciscan tradition and St. Bonaventure. William Swan was a dedicated Alumni and Board of Trustees chair from 1990 to 2003. He held the Franciscan values of Contemplation, Love, Respect, Joy, Peace, and Compassionate Service close to his heart. These value are engraved permanently in the hallway of the Swan Business Center.


The 26,000 square foot building features a financial services lab with electronic ticker tape featuring real time stock prices, a corporate boardroom simulator, high-tech, state-of-the-art classrooms, breakaway areas for collaboration, and space for faculty research. The building provides students with access to innovative technology to provide a collaborative and modern approach to business education. The boardroom on the second floor is named the Jeff Peterson Memorial Board Room to honor Jeff Peterson, the department of finance chair who passed away in 2013 after a battle with cancer. The Business Center also includes an outside quad in front of the building to further the community feel that the inside has. St. Bonaventure was committed to making the building sustainable. The building is air conditioned through the use of cold groundwater from wells, has energy efficient lighting, and ensures the preservation of the environment around the building.

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Last updated: July 11, 2018