“A great college building—and the Farmer School's new hall is a great college building—is known both for its enduring beauty and for its support of a great educational experience. I am delighted that this new building for the Farmer School will house a stellar business program and add to the beauty of the campus.”

David C. Hodge, President, Miami University
Summer, 2009

Facts at a Glance

Our new building contains approximately 210,000 square feet of space. Features include:


  • 12 case classrooms
  • 8 “cluster” rooms (capacity 40)
  • 3 “standard” rooms, including one that becomes a mock trial room in the evenings (capacity 40)
  • 3 seminar rooms (capacity 20)
  • 1 trading room
  • 1 small auditorium (capacity 150)
  • 1 large auditorium (capacity 500)
  • 4 teaching labs

OFFICES: Offices for all six Oxford departments, 136 faculty offices


  • Institute for Entrepreneurship
  • Armstrong Interactive Media Studies
  • Center for Business Excellence

DAVID R. TAYLOR AUDITORIUM: The large auditorium, with a capacity in excess of 500, has two levels. The main level has the ability to be used as a 60-person case room on the lower level, or expanded to accommodate nearly 300 people and we can include balcony seating for guest speakers and major events.

FORSYTHE LIBRARY: Located on the main floor, this room provides a library setting with network and power access for students with laptops, technical support, and a printer room.

FORSYTHE COMMONS: On the main level, this large entry commons area offers comfortable seating and power access for students with laptops.

BREAK-OUT ROOMS: There are 13 small break-out rooms that can be reserved for classes or team meetings.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS SUITE: The suite has a number of small conference rooms, a large work area, and lockers for all business student organizations.

DIVIDENDS CAFE: Dining Services operates a cafe, serving hot & cold “take away” food, coffee, and soft drinks


Our comprehensive new building houses all aspects of the Farmer School of Business under one roof, enabling us to pursue our mission and make significant progress in achieving our goal of excellence in business education.

It prepares students for leadership in 21st century business organizations by:

  • FOSTERING an environment within the school that embraces continuous improvement and values creativity and innovative problem-solving;
  • FACILITATING the team orientation prevalent in today’s workplace;
  • PROMOTING daily interaction among faculty members that results in expanded frames of reference, collaboration, curricular integration, and greater receptivity to new ideas.
  • LEADING THE WAY in environmentally responsible design at Miami University, becoming the first campus building to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.


The Farmer School's new building mirrors the red-brick Georgian Revival style of the majority of Miami University’s buildings. Variations in roof line and architectural elements create an exterior that is visually interesting and harmonious. Two firms—Moody Nolan, Inc., Columbus, and Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP, New York, N.Y.—shared design responsibilities.


Instructional spaces in the new building reflect a shift toward small group work, seminar instruction, and experiential learning.

The design of work spaces, lounges, and eating and meeting spaces encourage greater interaction among faculty members.

Meeting and conference spaces support the school’s interdisciplinary centers, student development programs, and more than 20 student organizations that provide valuable co-curricular experience for our students. The school will continue to distinguish itself through the excellence and accessibility of these resources.

The space allocated for our career services function reflects our strengthening partnership with the Office of Career Services, maintaining Miami’s centralized model but providing greater accessibility of services to our graduate and undergraduate students.


Sophisticated technology enhances student instruction and faculty research and allows us to make strides in:

  • Electronic communication (podcasting, distance learning, videoconferencing, RSS feeds);
  • Use of interactive media;
  • Bringing the world to Miami students through Net meeting rooms and classrooms.


The majority of funding for the new building comes from Richard T. and Joyce B. Farmer through their Farmer Family Foundation.


After graduating from Miami University in 1956 with a business major, Farmer served in the U.S. Marine Corps and then joined the family business. After helping it expand, Farmer left the company in 1968 to start his own venture, which became Cintas Corporation. In the early 1970s, Cintas purchased the Farmer family’s company. Farmer has been Cintas’s Chairman of the Board since 1968. Prior to August 1, 1995, he was also its CEO.

His service to Miami University has included terms as a university trustee, foundation board member, and chair of the Board of Visitors of the Farmer School of business.

Joyce Barnes Farmer earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1957 and has served on Miami University’s Parents’ Council, Reunion Committee, and the School of Education and Allied Professions’ Advisory Council.

In 1992 the Farmers provided the cornerstone gift to the School of Business. In 2005, they announced a $30 million leadership gift through the Farmer Family Foundation, of which $25 million helps underwrite the construction of our new building. The remaining $5 million is earmarked for faculty support.

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“The Farmer School's comprehensive facility represents the dreams and hard work of many people within and beyond the university. Welcoming everyone into this world-class building at the start of fall semester 2009 was one of the highlights of my tenure as Dean of the Farmer School of Business."

Roger L. Jenkins
Professor Emeritus