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About the Ernest C. Trefz School of Business

The Ernest C. Trefz School of Business at the University of Bridgeport provides students with an interdisciplinary view of the ever-changing business environment. 

With diverse classrooms and teachers who not only hold the highest degree in their fields but also maintain strong connections to the business world, UB graduates are well prepared to enter the business world.

In 2013, the University of Bridgeport’s School of Business was named the Ernest C. Trefz School of Business after the successful local businessman and long-standing member of the board.

    • Personal Attention – Small class sizes allow you to connect with deans, faculty and teams of professionals dedicated to your success
    • People – Engage in highly interactive classroom discussions with our diverse, multicultural student body
    • Practical Education – Learn from distinguished faculty with extensive business experience who are dedicated to student success; hear from and meet business executives
    • Placement – Excellent record of student placement in internships and jobs
    • Place – Location near New York on the Corporate Gold Coast and next to beautiful Long Island Sound

    About Ernest C. Trefz


    Ernest C. Trefz was a trustee of the University of Bridgeport from 1980 to 2017. He was a constant presence as an advisor, philanthropist, and supporter. He was also CEO of the Trefz Corporation, which owns the Bridgeport Holiday Inn, 44 McDonald’s restaurants, and investment properties. His success as an entrepreneur aligned with the Ernest C. Trefz School of Business’s commitment to entrepreneurship, which includes an undergraduate minor in Entrepreneurship, an MBA concentration in Entrepreneurship, and the Student Entrepreneur Center.

    At the 2013 groundbreaking for the school he noted, “My family taught me the value of hard work and persistence, and the importance of education. I’m honored and honestly humbled that the UB business school will carry my name,” he added. “I will … support the school and its mission in every way I can.”

    While Mr. Trefz is no longer with us, the Trefz family continues to be staunch supporters of the Ernest C. Trefz School of Business.