New home for The School of Business opens

Karl Miller Center to serve PSU business students in style

A modern, sustainable building will greet The School of Business students at the grand opening of the Karl Miller Center Sept. 19, and not a penny of Portland State University students’ money was used to design or construct it.

The improvements give a fresh face to a building that houses what U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review have recognized as a top college for business majors. 

The new building transforms The School of Business into a state-of-the-art LEED Platinum facility. A vibrant atrium surrounded by study spaces and crisscrossed by bridges and stairs graces the Karl Miller Center. The building also features a three-story suspended tree sculpture of Alaskan Yellow Cedar and five green roofs, including two occupied terraces on levels 4 and 5 of the pavilion. 

“The design of the building is truly stunning. The smooth metal exterior underscores the reflective relationship between the Portland business community and the School,” said Dean Cliff Allen, The School of Business, PSU. “In addition, the interior design is open and inviting as well as doubling our footprint. This includes the creation of common areas for a student engagement and a greater sense of community.”

The building was paid for by as much as $24 million from private donors and $40 million from state-backed bonds. Rick Miller, a 1991 business alum, and his wife, Erika, made a $9 million gift to help fund the expansion. The building is named for Rick’s grandfather, Karl Miller, a World War II veteran, firefighter and entrepreneur.

The School of Business at PSU enrolls approximately 4,000 students across seven undergraduate and seven graduate programs. 

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Front page caption: PSU students Anastasiya Guzenko and Alexis Baretto in the new Karl Miller Center.


Karl Miller Center Grand Opening

Sept. 19, 2017
1 p.m.
Light refreshments served.

To attend the event, which is open to the public, please register online through The School of Business.

Karl Miller Center Quick Facts

21 classrooms
10 project and team rooms with the latest technology 
4 industry-specific centers

The School of Business Quick Facts

15% International graduate students
21 Countries represented among undergraduate students
53% Female tenure stream faculty members
58% Women in Full-Time MBA Cohort