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History

For over fifty years, Wade College has inspired individuals to lead meaningful careers in design, fashion, and merchandising.

Founded by Sue Wade in 1962 with only ten students in Dallas, Texas, Wade College originally offered day and evening classes in fashion merchandising and professional modeling. In 1965, the growing institution moved from its Turtle Creek location to its current Dallas Market Center address, and in 1971, the curriculum shifted to full-time programs in merchandising and design. As graduates found success, the faculty expanded, and the library’s holdings increased, Wade College was granted accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in 1985.

Today, Wade College offers dual-major associate of arts and bachelor of arts degrees in merchandising and design with a wide range of visual arts specializations. Sue Wade continues to champion the original mission of Wade College as executive director, with Harry Davros shaping its future as president and chief executive officer.

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