The Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business has lost a great friend in the passing today of its namesake. Senator Byrd was a champion of civic and financial responsibility, as well higher education. His largess is legendary, especially in regards to Shenandoah University and its business school. I have had the opportunity to interact with Senator Byrd on numerous occasions. Whether in public or the privacy of his home, he was always gracious and always wanted to know what was occurring at the business school.
Dr. Thies, a long time member of the faculty, had this to save about the passing of Senator Byrd: “As a member of the faculty of the Harry F. Byrd, Jr., School of Business of Shenandoah University for the past twenty years, I can say that it was an honor to be associated not only with the name but with the man. Senator Byrd was actively involved in the life of the school and the university, generous with his time as well as in other ways. A cheerful man and a gentleman, he, like others in his family, gave much to our community, our state and our country.”
The business school was named after him in 1984. Programs have continued to grow and evolve at the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business even as Senator Byrd himself grew and evolved in his thinking over the long years of his life. We respectfully mourn his passing and celebrate the life he led and his everlasting contributions.