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Leadership Studies Minor Faculty

Douglas P. Bennett - Becoming a Leader (LEAD 1000) - Fall 2014

Doug Bennett's leadership has crossed a multi-faceted career in the military, the public sector in the Congress and The White House, as a partner in the practice of law, and in the private sector as an entrepreneur and commercial real estate developer and rancher. Since 2010, he has been an Adjunct Professor in the Management and Entrepreneurship Department of the Leeds School of Business where he teaches MBA and undergraduate courses in leadership, ethics, organizational change, negotiations and human resources management.

His education includes a BS in engineering from West Point, an MBA cum laude from The American University, a JD from The George Washington University Law School and doctoral work at the Leeds School.

After distinguished service in the Army as a decorated combat Airborne/Ranger Infantry Officer, he went on to serve in government with numerous roles in Washington, D.C. Among many appointments, he served as a Legislative Assistant to a Member of Congress, Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury, General Counsel in the Department of Education, Special Counsel in the State Department and in The White House as Assistant to the President and Director of the Presidential Personnel Office.

His legal expertise in private law practice spans domestic and international business representation, tax, business and real estate transactions, as well as representing the Departments of Justice and Education on civil rights matters. Additionally, on behalf of the State Department, he advised the Nation of Liberia on the creation of its National Constitution.

Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Doug's entrepreneurial ventures launched him into commercial real estate in Washington, D.C., Seattle, Washington and New York. He co-developed almost a billion dollars of commercial real estate as well as a developer/owner of hotel projects in the hospitality industry. Most recently he developed a 160-acre ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley of Central California with a sustainability concept of deep drilled wells for water and 100% solar power for electricity.

He has served on a number of Federal appointive boards to include the Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy as its Chairman and is a Trustee Emeritus of the Board of Trustees. Most recently, he helped found the Center for Trauma Research, Education and Counseling LLC. CTREC is a not for profit organization whose mission is to provide exclusively charitable counseling, education and related research in connection with sexual, mental and physical abuse to trauma victims that are primarily children and young adults.

A former intercollegiate athlete, he is now an avid golfer and fly fisherman. Doug and his wife, Alison, live in Boulder.

Gordon Riggle – Becoming a Leader (LEAD 1000) - Spring 2014

Gordon Riggle is an accomplished leader in government, business and the military. Today he teaches leadership and strategy at CU-Boulder. Additionally, he has a consulting practice in leadership, strategy, and government relations

Prior to moving to Colorado, Riggle served at the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Administration. The Office of Administration provides round-the-clock support to all agencies within the Executive Office of the President. Before that appointment, he worked as a Professional Staff Member of the United States Senate. He also served on the Presidential Transition Team as Special Assistant to Secretary of Defense.

During his military service, Riggle was a Captain in the United States Navy, commanding the destroyer USS KINKAID in the Pacific and a "Swift" patrol boat in Vietnam. In shore assignments, he was Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and served in various long range planning roles.

Throughout the 1990s Gordon did strategic planning and advanced business development with Ball Aerospace, first in Washington, D.C. and later in their Boulder headquarters. Riggle was also elected to three terms on the Boulder City Council and served from 1997 to 2005.

An outdoor enthusiast and distance runner, Riggle competes in marathons and mountain trail races. He is a member of the Community Affairs Council of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce and served on the board of Boulder Tomorrow.

His education includes a master in public administration from Harvard University, the Program for Senior Executives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and bachelors in philosophy from Lafayette College. Gordon and his wife Marietta, a management consultant, live in Boulder. They are foster parents for infants and toddlers with Boulder County Social Services Division.