George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics
About the George
Affectionately known as “The George,” the 60,000-square-foot, $30 million George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at USC Upstate is as impressive as the vitae of its namesake, who is regarded as an entrepreneurial legend.
This state-of-the-art facility features a stock trading lab where students will make real time stock trading calls based on momentum, news and overall current-day stock market action. When not in use, it doubles as a much-needed computer lab. Smart classrooms and a tiered classroom that can accommodate 80 students, means faculty members will be using the latest technology to teach. The three galleries in “The George” features rotating exhibits from The Johnson Collection, comprised of more than 600 pieces ranging from the 1700s to the present.
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During fall and spring semesters, the building can be accessed from 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.
Staff hours are 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
During the summer months, the building may be accessed from 7:30 a.m. - 6:15 p.m., Monday - Friday.
Staff hours are 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.
Visitors to the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics may enter the building through the door closest to the parking garage (near the water fountain) or through the front door at the corner of East St. John Street and Liberty Street. Exit through any door. The building is closed on weekends and all University holidays.
The University provides a free shuttle service between the Spartanburg campus and the Johnson College campus in downtown Spartanburg. Students are encouraged to use this shuttle service for convenience and as a way to protect the environment.
From the Spartanburg Campus:
Take US-176/I-585 (Pine St.) east toward Spartanburg. Drive about 3.5 miles. At the 5th traffic light, turn right onto Daniel Morgan Avenue (at the Vic Bailey car dealerships). Proceed up the hill. Turn left onto Liberty Street. Both “The George” and the parking garage will be on your right.
OR, continue to the next traffic light and turn right onto St. John Street. Continue straight, going through 3 traffic lights. Pass the Chapman Cultural Center (on the right) and turn right between the the Cultural Center and the George onto Liberty Street. Turn left to enter the parking garage.
Alternate route from Spartanburg Campus:
Take Asheville Highway to downtown Spartanburg. Pass both Wofford College and the Marriott Hotel. At the next traffic light, turn left onto East St. John St. “The George” will be on your left.
Take I-85 North to Spartanburg. Take exit 72 (US-176/I-585) at top of ramp turn right. Drive about 3.5 miles. At the 5th traffic light, turn right onto Daniel Morgan Avenue (at the Vic Bailey car dealerships). Proceed up the hill. Turn left onto Liberty Street. Both “The George” and the parking garage will be on your right.
USC Upstate is a tobacco-free campus. This includes all tobacco-derived or containing products, including but not limited to cigarettes (i.e. clove, bidis, kreteks), electronic cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos, pipes, water pipes, smokeless tobacco products or substitutions (spit and spitless, chew, pouches, snuff) or any other device intended to simulate smoked tobacco. This does not apply to nicotine replacement therapy, which is designed to assist tobacco users to quite tobacco. Acceptable forms of nicotine replacement therapy include prescription nasal spray and/or oral inhaler medications, nicotine gum, transdermal nicotine skin patches and nicotine lozenges.
Tobacco is prohibited in all USC Upstate owned or leased buildings (including all offices, classrooms, laboratories, meeting rooms, residence halls, restrooms, lobbies, lounges, cafeterias, hallways, stairwells, elevators, etc.), building entrances, balconies, decks, patios, outside stairways to buildings and outdoor passageways to entrances; buildings on land for use by the University; in all University vehicles; sidewalks; parking lots; athletic venues; common areas; and any and all land for use by the University, including campus "green spaces."
This also includes the areas of USC Upstate in Greenville, the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics in downtown Spartanburg, and any other current or future USC Upstate owned or leased properties.
Smoke Free Policy Enforcement:
Please remember we are a smoke-free campus. Enforcement of the University’s Smoke-Free Policy began August 1, 2011.
Fines for violation of the Smoke-Free Policy are as follows:
- 1st Offense: $25.00
- 2nd Offense: $50.00
- 3rd Offense: $75.00
For general questions, please call 864-503-7777.
In support of the mission of the College to hold our students "accountable for practicing a high degree of personal and professional excellence," the faculty expect professional dress as part of class participation.
Students should dress in a manner that presents a positive image of themselves and the Johnson College of Business and Economics. With the presence of frequent guests from the business community, students are encouraged to consider opportunities derived from maintaining a professional image and environment.