The Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business at Shenandoah University is named for Senator Harry F. Byrd, Jr., (December 20, 1914 – July 30, 2013) publisher, business man and former United States Senator from Virginia, who served the Commonwealth and the nation with great distinction. Senator Byrd’s family tradition of fiscal conservatism, unquestioned integrity, and distaste for political expediency, has deeply infused the philosophy of the business school.
Educated at the Virginia Military Institute and the University of Virginia, Senator Byrd followed his father, the Honorable Harry F. Byrd, Sr., into public service, thus forming a father-son combination that is one of the most influential in 20th century in Virginia and among the leading families in national politics. Following distinguished service in the Senate of Virginia from 1948 to 1965, Senator Byrd succeeded his father in the U.S. Senate in November 1965. He retired in 1983, and served as a trustee emeritus of Shenandoah University until 2013.