School of Business Administration - Dean's Report

Friday, March 03, 2017

SOBA's DEAN Report

Spring Semester 3, 2017

SOBA DEAN’S Report                                                                              March 2, 2017

February was a very busy month for everybody in the School of Business Administration.

On February 9-10 Dean Roger Weikle of Winthrop University and Dean Joyce Strawser of Seton Hall University were on campus from AACSB to review SOBA’s progress on issues discussed during the 2016 AACSB visit. This year’s visit went extremely well and the team was pleased with the progress that has been made by SOBA. Now we must sit back and await AACSB’s official letter regarding the visit which must first go through the AACSB Continuous Improvement Review Committee and the AACSB Board of Directors. These formal review processes will take place in April 2017 and the official result of the review will probably arrive in May 2017.


During the two weeks following the AACSB team visit, the three candidates for the SOBA Dean’s position beginning July 1, 2017 were on campus. Each candidate had a full two-day schedule meeting with the President, the Provost, myself, the SOBA Dean’s Search Committee, faculty members, staff and students. All three candidates showed their worthiness for the position. A final choice and offer is being made by the President and Provost, but once again we must wait for the formal process to be completed before the new SOBA Dean can be announced.

Both the above situations remind us that patience is a virtue. But the wait is not easy.

SOBA has a robust internship program coordinated by Patricia Dommer. Recently she has worked with the Southwest Innovation Corridor (SWIC) a neutral coordinator, convener and capacity building initiative of the Telluride Foundation, which is supported by many key partners, practicing a bottom up approach to foster economic diversity and sustainability in the rural southwest. The result of this work has been the placement of four current SOBA students and one recent anthropology alumna in internships. Good luck to

  • Shannon Harpham – Marketing – E.P.I.C., a Durango based magazine
  • Ian McPherson – Marketing – Proeditors, a Telluride based video editing company
  • Keisha Green – International Business – Amia, a Durango based startup working with the elderly
  • Ryan Torres – Marketing – Impyrium, a Durango based robotics manufacturer
  • Bailey Lemmon – Anthropology – Go Code Colorado, a state-wide apps challenge

I am pleased to announce that the team of SOBA students who went to CU Boulder in mid-February to participate in the 2017 Diversity and Business Ethics Case Competition acquitted themselves well. In competition with teams from Indiana University, Colorado University – Boulder, Colorado University – Denver, and Denver University, all schools much bigger than Fort Lewis College, the team placed fourth – an excellent result for our first time competing. And, not only did the team get experience in the competition, but all of them were praised by the sponsors of the event and were offered internships or full-time jobs.

With the success of the SOBA teams in the UCCS Business Ethics competition and the CU-Boulder Diversity and Business Ethics competition, SOBA will support another team to compete with the big schools. In early April a team of five finance students will go to Colorado State University to compete in the Rocky Mountain Investment Challenge. As Braydin Mehnert stated in his application, “this competition is my chance to prove to myself that I can participate at the same level of business as those who graduate from the big prestigious schools.” I have no doubt that Braydin and his teammates will do Fort Lewis College and the School of Business Administration proud.

Enjoy Spring Break!

Paul McGurr

Interim Dean, School of Business Administration

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