The Griffin College of Business began as a Division of Business in 1946 and became the College of Business when Arkansas State was granted university status in 1967. It became the first named college at Arkansas State in April 2018 to honor the transformative gift provided by 1948 alumnus Neil Griffin. The Griffin College received initial AACSB accreditation of its bachelors programs in 1979 and accreditation of the MBA program in 1985. The college is comprised of four academic departments: Accounting, Computer & Information Technology, Economics & Finance, and Management & Marketing. The Delta Center for Economic Development is the outreach branch of the college. This center provides students with the opportunity to participate in various college initiatives to partner with the business community to enhance the economic growth and development of the region and state.
The mission of the College of Business at Arkansas State University is to provide a high quality business education to traditional and non-traditional students from the Mid-South and international students emphasizing leadership, international business, technology, decision tools and social responsibility. In addition, the College of Business is committed to the support of regional businesses and communities through research, economic development and consultative services.