Thunderbird changes its address to reflect global mission, history

September 3, 2008

Thunderbird School of Global Management has officially changed its address to 1 Global Place. The change reflects Thunderbird’s history as the world’s first and oldest graduate management school focused exclusively on global business.

Founded in 1946, Thunderbird is ranked No. 1 worldwide for international business education, and the school itself is a global business with operations and partnerships in the United States, Latin America, Asia, and Europe, including Russia.

“It is only fitting our address reflect our global rankings, vision and mission,” said Thunderbird President Ángel Cabrera. “This change also pays tribute to the school’s history and its founder and first president Lieutenant General Barton Kyle Yount, a pioneer and visionary of his time who following World War II saw a growing demand for international executive talent and had a dream to create the first school of international business.”

Built on the site of Thunderbird Field, an airbase established to train domestic and foreign pilots during World War II, the school was founded as a nonprofit organization known as the American Institute for Foreign Trade. The remnants of that earlier time can still be seen on the modern campus in a number of landmark buildings, including the airfield control tower, barracks and airplane hangars. Classes began Oct. 1, 1946, and the school has since graduated more than 38,000 students who live and work in more than 140 countries.

The address change will be celebrated Oct. 1 along with the public launch of Campaign Thunderbird, a $65 million dollar capital campaign to fund scholarships, student services, faculty, research and facilities. During the quiet phase of the campaign, the school has raised more than $40 million. This early success will be celebrated at the public kickoff on the evening of Oct. 1 on the Glendale campus. The celebration, which will include food, drinks and entertainment, is free and open to the public. Participants must R.S.V.P. at For more about Campaign Thunderbird, visit

The address change took effect Sept. 1. All mail should be addressed to 1 Global Place, Glendale, AZ 85306-6000. For the next 12 months, the post office will forward first-class mail sent to the previous address (15249 N. 59th Ave.). This will assist Thunderbird in the transition process.