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Our History

Harrison College is and always has been a family-owned college, and that is why family values continue to be a high priority for our administration, faculty and staff.

We support, encourage and empower our students, faculty and staff every day. We do our best to make sure those at Harrison succeed in their professional and personal lives while positively impacting those around them.

That is the Harrison Difference.

On the timeline, explore pivotal events and important people that have contributed to this difference in education since 1902.

Our History

1902

Charles Cring opened Harrison in 1902 in Marion, Indiana as a business college—Indiana Business College—teaching shorthand, typing, penmanship, English, bookkeeping and accounting.

Indiana Business College has a growth spurt, opening 13 distinct schools in Indianapolis as well as in northern and southern Indiana.

1913

By 1913, Harrison extended from Elkhart to Columbus in Indiana.

1915

Female enrollment approached 50% in 1915.

1916

Ora E. Butz becomes general manager of Indiana Business College in 1916 and serves as officer and director for the next 50 years.

1926

In 1926, Charles Cring dies on February 10 at the age of 58. Ora E. Butz is named president.

1936

During the Great Depression in 1936, Indiana Business College reports a record enrollment of 1,063 day students and 504 night students.

1947

In 1947, Indiana Business College purchases a church on Meridian Street in downtown Indianapolis, which will house the Central Business College for the next 55 years.

1980

In 1980, Indiana Business College receives national accreditation by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).

1986

Kenneth J. Konesco becomes Harrison’s president in 1986 after Indiana Business College is purchased by Education Management Corporation.

1993

In 1993, the college expands its curriculum to include more than business courses. The first medical program and medical campus is established.

2002

In 2002, Indiana Business College celebrates 100 years, and the downtown Indianapolis campus moves to its current building on East Washington Street.

2004

In 2004, the college begins offering online classes.

2006

In 2006, Indiana Business College begins offering a culinary arts program called The Chef’s Academy. The first bachelor’s degree programs are offered in the School of Business and the School of Health Sciences.

2009

In 2009, Indiana Business College changes its name to Harrison College and establishes its first location outside of Indiana in Columbus, Ohio.

2010

Jason Konesco takes over as president of Harrison in 2010.

2011

In 2011, The Chef’s Academy opens in North Carolina.

2012

In 2012, Harrison College celebrates 110 years.

Today

Present: 13 locations, 6 schools of study and two ancillary programs

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