Director Wayne S. Kell

Director Wayne S. Kell

1913-1917

When Wayne Kell became the first Dean of the Georgia Tech Evening School of Commerce in 1913, his main objectives were to interest business men in Atlanta to an evening school where young men and women of the city could study; to give himself a more thorough business training in order to raise the standards of the school; and to make the school co-educational.

Kell became Georgia’s third certified public accountant and Tech’s first commerce class graduated in 1916. All men with full-time jobs, they received three-year Bachelor of Commercial Science degrees. The same year the Commerce School introduced a four-year Bachelor of Science in Commerce, which was generally unavailable to Evening School students.

With a decline in male students during World War I, Kell admitted women to the Evening School in 1917. Before its separation from Tech in 1933, 35 women received B.C.S. degrees from the all-male institution.

Although Kell had given up his duties as Dean of the College by 1917, the program was a success and remained in place until 1932 when the school became an independent unit of the University System of Georgia.