David L. Ikenberry, dean
419 UCB phone: 303-492-1809
School website: leeds.colorado.edu
THE LEEDS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS develops people who are knowledgeable in best business practices, well-versed in sustainability, entrepreneurial in their outlook, have knowledge of the whole person, think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, adapt to and lead change, act ethically, value diversity, and are competitive in the global economy. The school promotes academic excellence, fosters strong relationships with the surrounding business community, and emphasizes ongoing business research.
The Leeds School holds accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB-International). Leeds awards four types of degrees: the bachelor of science (BS), the master of science (MS), the master of business administration (MBA), and the doctor of philosophy (PhD). Students can specialize in accounting, finance, management and entrepreneurship, and marketing.
Strong ties to the business community provide students with a practical educational experience during their academic careers. The board is composed of high-level executives who provide advice, counsel, and an outside perspective to the dean and his administration while advocating for the school within the external community. Board members spearhead major parts of development programs, strengthen the school’s nationwide network in business and political arenas, and provide significant input to curriculum design.
Each year, nationally recognized business executives visit the school to share their working-world experience, their expertise, and often their reflections on life outside of business. Visiting executives are present in classroom settings, informal luncheons, and after-hours meetings, and often hold office hours to meet with students individually. Students enjoy conversations with these professionals, which cover a range of subjects including: the types of courses students are taking, career planning, steps to success, their own successes and failures, and corporate and personal strategies.
The faculty of the school is made up of talented individuals who offer a diverse range of expertise and research activities. The faculty publishes frequently and is internationally recognized for the quality of its research. In addition, many maintain strong ties within the business community and bring a current business perspective to the classroom. Business faculty members strive to deliver the most effective teaching in management theory and real-world applications to ensure a quality learning experience for business graduates.