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Sharon Matusik is the 14th Dean and Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado. Having lived in many of the great entrepreneurship hubs across the country, Matusik brings innovation and a vision for positively changing the future of global business to her role as dean.

She is the type of leader who anticipates what resources and opportunities are needed to help students on their way to becoming the leaders of the future. She is sharply focused on engagement with business leaders and influencers locally and globally as a critical complement to academic excellence from the faculty in shaping the Leeds School experience. As a first-generation college student, Matusik is also a champion of diversity in business and education, as demonstrated by her efforts to recruit women and minority students and faculty to the Leeds community. Above all, Dean Matusik is someone who understands where the future of education is headed.

“The Leeds School has generated great momentum in such a short period of time,” says Matusik. “Together our world-class faculty and staff and our forward-looking business and alumni community work to inspire and educate the next generation and make us a top business school.”

Some of Matusik’s accomplishments during her tenure as Dean at the Leeds School of Business include:

  • Pioneering three strategic priorities within her first year as dean: a partnership between the Leeds School of Business and the College of Engineering Applied Science; our Career Impact initiative focused on ensuring students are well prepared for long-term career success; and the End the Gap initiative aimed at achieving gender parity in Leeds School programs.
  • Guiding the design, approval, fundraising, and construction on a new building to physically and programmatically connect the Business and Engineering schools — the first-of-its-kind on a university campus — creating a new world of possibilities for the top-ranked, globally recognized programs, including creative functional space for the two communities to engage with each other on a daily basis.
  • Serving as co-chair for the CU systemwide “Lean Into the Future” strategic planning efforts in 2019–2020.
  • Overseeing Leeds’ 4-year graduation rate increase to 77% in 2020 (nearly a 15% increase in three years), schoolwide career placement achieved 90% for the fifth year in a row, and notable rankings of the schools undergraduate and MBA programs: U.S. News & World Report ranked Leeds in their Top 20 Public Undergraduate Business Programs for 2020 and the Full-time MBA was named #15 in entrepreneurship by Bloomberg.
  • Driving efforts toward cutting edge business research that is making a positive impact in our community and the world; Leeds faculty were named #24 in the world for per-capita research productivity by the University of Texas Dallas’ research rankings.
  • Growing the size of the research faculty by 30%, and increasing its diversity.
  • Record-breaking fundraising and levels of business community engagement at Leeds.

Prior to becoming Dean of the Leeds School, Matusik served in a variety of leadership roles at the Leeds School -- including senior associate dean for faculty and research, and academic director of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship -- and in her academic field.

Her teaching interests include strategic management, entrepreneurship, innovation and global business. She has taught strategic management and entrepreneurship extensively at the undergraduate, MBA, PhD and executive levels, and has taken groups of MBA students to visit and gain firsthand experience with an emerging economy, most recently to Cuba, to study the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in economic development.  Dr. Matusik also spent a semester as a visiting professor at Universidad del Desarrollo (UDD) in Santiago, Chile — a leader in entrepreneurship in Latin America.

Before coming to Leeds, Dr. Matusik served on the faculty of the Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University. Prior to entering higher education, Matusik worked in the consulting field.

Matusik’s research areas of expertise are in corporate strategy, innovation and growth strategies, knowledge assets, venture capital, and entrepreneurship. Her work has been published in top international academic journals and is widely cited in the management field.

Matusik is also a leader in the local business community. She speaks regularly on topics related to innovation and entrepreneurship, and advises local entrepreneurial ventures. In addition, she serves as a board member for nonprofit organizations including the Strategic Management Society and University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.

She has also received numerous awards for her research, teaching and service to her profession, including the Rising Star Award from the Boulder Chamber of Commerce for her innovation and leadership in her first year as dean of the Leeds School, Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business award finalist, and the William H. Baughn Award for outstanding faculty service at the Leeds School.


  • Ph.D., Strategic Management, University of Washington
  • BA, Economics & English, Colby College