School of Business Administration

The School of Business Administration at Fort Lewis College offers students a quality education, unique experiences, and personalized access to our highly skilled faculty. Our options in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics and Marketing prepare students for life after graduation. Below are just a few reasons why FLC is a great choice for students looking for a unique, personalized education: 

The Hawk Tank Business Competition Returns in 2017

The HawkTank is getting ready for its second season. Will you be ready to compete for the $5000 top prize? All FLC students and recent alumni are eligible to submit business plan ideas for the competition. Check out the calendar of upcoming events and resource information at the HawkTank website

2017 Southwest Business Forum

Make your calendar to attend the Four Corners premier economic forecast workshop, Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at the Fort Lewis College Concert Hall.  Free admission and parking.   Sponsored by Wells Fargo N.A. 

SOBA Mourns the Loss of Longtime Supporter

The School of Business Administration lost a longtime valuable friend this week as Ed Morlan, recently retired Executive Director of the Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado passed away unexpectedly. “I have known Ed since I first served on the Region 9 Executive Board in 2007”, says Paul McGurr Interim Dean of SOBA. “He was full energy and was always willing to help new businesses. He always supported the Small Business Development Center hosted by Fort Lewis College and he personally helped me in 2015 when we were between Directors of the SBDC. He will be missed.” Ed served since 1989 as Executive Director of Region 9 and was the driving force in providing over $22 million in loans to small businesses in Southwest Colorado.  Link to recent Durango Herald article regarding Mr. Morlan's retirement.   Photo credit: Durango Herald

Alumni News 

Dr. Margaret Tanner (Accounting, '82), associate provost and director of graduate studies at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, received the KPMG Mentoring Award from the American Accounting Association.

SOBA Students Take Home Top Prizes at the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Competition

FLC students swept the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Case Competition. Senior Business Administration major Connor Caffery and Senior Political Science and Business Administration major Lauren Smith placed first, followed by Junior Business Administration major Drew Faloon and Sophomore Accounting major Trevor Hunt in second place.  Assistant Professor Kaori Takano led the effort to involve Fort Lewis College for the first-time in this competition.   Way to go Skyhawks! 

Study Aboard Scholarships Awarded for Spring and Summer 2017

The School of Business Administration is pleased to announce the awarding of eight scholarships totaling $4,000 to students planning to participate in our 2017 signature international programs including a semester-long 15-credit JTA in Heidelberg Germany and a shorter 3-credit program in the Italian Alps.

Dean Paul McGurr says, “Every year in the Spring SOBA awards $17,000 - $30,000 in scholarships to students for the upcoming academic year. We found that applications for international programs were limited because the programs for the following Spring and Summer were not yet finalized. Therefore, we opened the application process this Fall specifically for our 2017 international programs.”

Over the years the Fort Lewis College Foundation has received hundreds of thousands of dollars to be used specifically for School of Business Administration scholarships. The current international program scholarships have been funded from the Jeremy and Judith Coleman SOBA Study Abroad Programs Fund. Jeremy Coleman is Professor of Business Administration Emeritus who was one of the prime movers of SOBA’s now robust international activities. SOBA thanks the Coleman’s, all other donors to their scholarship fund and all other contributors to the School of Business Administration for making it possible to provide scholarships to SOBA students.


Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Comes to FLC

The Fort Lewis College School of Business Administration was honored to host the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Workshop - 

Teaching Ethics Across the Curriculum.   Over 30 faculty, administration, staff and students from FLC’s School of Arts & Sciences, Business Administration and the Teacher Education Department participated.  The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Program, housed at the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs, College of Business, works to provide principle-based ethics education at both collegiate and secondary education levels.  FLC Assistant Professor of Management, Kaori Takano has championed bringing the Ethics Initiative Workshop to the FLC Campus. 

Teaching Ethics Across the Curriculum workshop focused on faculty confidence in addressing ethical issues and incorporating experiential learning opportunities in the classroom.   Instruction was led by UCCS - College of Business faculty Dr. Tracy Gonzalez-Padron, Ph.D., Gordon Stringer, M.B.A. and Scott Van Ness, A.B.D.  For additional information regarding the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative visit their website at http://www.danielsfund.org/Ethics/.   


Hawk Tank Business Plan Competition Concludes

The inaugural Hawk Tank Business Plan Competition concluded on April 9, as the 10 finalist teams were narrowed down to 5 who battled it out for top honors and a $5000 prize.  In the end, Fall 2015 graduate Giancarlo Vigil took top honors with his loose leaf Yerba tea importing concept.  The $2500 second place honor went to the small-scale farm team, Fields to Plate.  Rounding out the top honors was SLED Outdoors, an event planning company for small business and non-profits.   

Click here to watch the short film documenting the competition.   

Click here to read local coverage by the Durango Herald and here to read the Hearld's Editorial regarding the competition.


Student Centered Education

Our overall emphasis is in providing diverse and personalized learning experiences for our students. The School of Business Administration fosters student – faculty interaction:

  • Small class sizes
  • Professors know students on a first name basis, which allows close professional relationships to be developed.
  • Professors speak directly with students promoting an open door atmosphere.
  • Professors are enthusiastic about giving guidance to students about classroom projects or other questions.
  • Professors have a deep professional interest in the success of our students.

Quality Faculty

The School of Business Administration faculty is highly qualified. Most have PhD’s and years of business experience. Our faculty is engaged in scholarly activity to identify and address important business and economic issues through discovery, integration and application, and teaching and learning scholarship. Our teacher-scholar model encourages inquiry that leads to new understandings that address questions of interest to students, and the business community.


AACSB Accredited SealAACSB Accreditation

AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools, worldwide. Learn more about our AACSB Accreditation.


Our Unique Study Abroad Program

Our Junior Term Abroad (JTA) program provides a unique and affordable educational experience to our students. Every year, our faculty lead students in a study abroad program where the courses are taught in English with course offerings designed to keep students on track for graduation. Learn more about our study abroad program.