Finalists announced for dean of College of Business

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Three candidates for the dean of the College of Business will visit UCCS and conduct open campus sessions in November.

Each finalist will deliver a 40-minute presentation at 9 a.m. in University Center 303 during their visit. Each finalist will provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities for business colleges at public universities during the next 10 years with a description on their leadership style and how they would address those issues. Each finalist will also cover the role of community engagement for a business college and how they as dean would strategize to be effective in this area, and how a business dean contributes to student success.

The presentations will be followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session and an one-hour reception.

The finalists and presentation dates are:

Headshot of Kenneth Brown
  • Kenneth Brown, Nov. 4. Brown is the associate dean of the undergraduate program and the Ralph L. Sheets Professor of Management at the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa. He is also a professor of educational policy and leadership studies in the university’s College of Education, a member of the advisory board for the AACSB Associate Dean’s Conference and is co-chair of the university’s Task Force to Revise Faculty Evaluation of Teaching. Brown was previously editor for “Academy of Management Learning and Education,” a member of the board of directors for the Human Resources Certification Institute, advisory board member of MidwestOne Bank and an at-large board member of the human resources division of the Academy of Management. See Brown’s CV (.pdf).

Headshot of Karen Markel
  • Karen Markel, Nov. 11. Markel is the dean and professor of management for the College of Business and Public Policy at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is also a board member of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation and the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, an honorary commander at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and is an advisory board member for the Memorial University Centre of Excellence in Sales and Supply Chain Management. Markel is also leading the university’s search for the inaugural chief diversity officer and is chair of the University of Alaska Business Leadership Council. She was previously professor and department chair of management and marketing at Oakland University. See Markel’s CV (.pdf).

Headshot of Shawn Berman
  • Shawn Berman, Nov. 18. Berman is the interim dean and professor of business and society for the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico. He is also a member of the editorial review boards of “Business Ethics Quarterly” and “Business & Society,” a trustee at the Bosque School, a board member at Social Impact and Nonprofit Community and the Parker Center for Family Business, and a senior fellow at the Olsson Center of Applied Ethics at the University of Virginia’s Darden School. Berman was previously an assistant professor of management at Santa Clara University and an assistant professor of management policy at Boston University. See Berman’s CV (.pdf).

Feedback on each candidate can be submitted online at

George Reed, dean of the School of Public Affairs, chaired the search committee charged with assisting in the selection of the position. The Odgers Berndtson search firm assisted the committee in their process.

In addition to Reed, members of the search committee are:

  • Greg Augspurger, instructor of information systems, College of Business
  • Jill Bradley-Geist, associate professor of management, College of Business
  • Robin Bredl, financial program manager, College of Business
  • Spencer Harris, assistant professor of sport management, College of Business
  • Shonda Johnson, transfer credit specialist, Degree Audit and Transfer Credit
  • Martin Key, assistant professor of marketing, College of Business
  • James Ma, associate professor of information systems, College of Business
  • Brian McAllister, associate professor of accounting, College of Business
  • Mark Paquette, principal program coordinator for Career Development Center, College of Business
  • Blaise Sonnier, professor of accounting and chair of the Department of Accounting and Finance, College of Business
  • Elissa Unger, associate director of development, University Advancement
  • Don Warrick, professor of leadership and organization change, College of Business

The committee continues to receive support from Kara Carragher, business and human resources professional for the College of Business.

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