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Andre B. Lacy, 1939–2017

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Andre B. Lacy School of Business

The Lacy School of Business is honored to be named after our friend, benefactor, and mentor Andre B. Lacy in recognition of a $25 million gift from him and his wife, Julia. Andre Lacy was Chairman of the Board of Indianapolis-based Lacy Diversified Industries, and served as a senior advisor to the school, sharing more than 50 years of business acumen with students, faculty, and staff. Andre and Julia chose to make their investment in Butler because of its focus on small and family-owned business, and because of the real-world experience its students receive. Learn more about Andre and Julia Lacy

Dugan Hall, Butler’s New Business Building

We’re a business school on the rise, experiencing tremendous growth in both our enrollment and academic quality. To accommodate our needs, Dugan Hall, a new 110,000-square foot business building opened fall 2019. Featuring collaborative classrooms and workspaces, a trading room, food service, and a rooftop deck, the new building supports our long-term vision to foster further interaction between our students and the business community.

Launch Business Building

Graduate with 4 years of experience.

At the Lacy School of Business, hands-on learning starts right away.

On day one, you’ll experience the “Get Real Weekend.” It teaches you to think outside the box, and introduces you to real-world business concepts. You’ll learn to manage your first million before you make it with real markets—and real money—in the University Finance Lab. You’ll start a business, complete two internships, and gain mentors and lifelong contacts.

You won’t just be prepared for success. By the time you graduate, you’ll have already achieved it.

Real Business Experience

All students take this sophomore-level course in which they work in teams to develop a viable business plan, present the concept to a panel of executives and if funded, have the option to start and run the business for credit and profit.



Two Internships Required

Students interview for and complete two internships for credit, with guidance from a career mentor. The School has a network of over 2,000 internship employers and many internships turn into post-graduate employment. In fact, Bloomberg BusinessWeek has named us No. 1 in the country for internships.

Lacy School Highlights

College of Business Investments

Student Managed Investment Fund

Finance students work in sector-based teams, making buy/sell decisions on a weekly basis. As a whole, student groups have consistently beaten their S&P benchmark. The class started with $1 million and were so successful that the University provided them with another million to manage. Based on successful investments, students currently manage over $3 million in actual endowment funds.

COB students

Butler MBA Gateway Experience

Students kick off their graduate coursework with a one-day immersion experience with a local business. Students work in competitive teams to develop the best solution to a problem currently faced by a local business or non-profit.