Published: May 19, 2022

Provost Russell Moore announced today that Leeds School of Business Dean Sharon Matusik has accepted the Edward J. Frey Dean of Business position at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Matusik will serve out the remainder of the current academic year, which ends June 30. Moore will announce interim leadership soon and a search process to name Matusik’s successor.

Sharon Matusik“I want to thank Sharon for her 18 years of outstanding service in teaching, research and leadership at Leeds and CU Boulder,” said Moore. “Sharon’s unwavering commitment to public education and to making a Leeds education accessible are only a few examples of how her leadership has shaped the growth and prominent impact of the Leeds School.”

Moore recognized Matusik for her many outstanding achievements, which include:

  • Positioning the Leeds School as a top 20 undergraduate public business school with a top 40 Master’s of Business Administration program. 
  • Building innovative graduate programs that reflect the changing needs of the workforce, including a new MBA program for working professionals and an executive MBA program.   
  • Guiding the Leeds School using her areas of expertise and mirroring the dynamic Boulder ecosystem of entrepreneurship, innovation, growth strategies, knowledge assets and venture capital. 
  • Providing a strategic vision and principal priorities—business and engineering, career impact and gender parity in CU business programs—which played a central role in the Leeds School’s rising reputation in research and academic excellence. 
  • Partnering with the College of Engineering and Applied Science on the Rustandy Building, the first-of-its-kind partnership, which physically joins two buildings and academic units to bring the world of business and technology together to better prepare students for entering a global economy. Programs such as the Business + Engineering Technology Scholars Program are a product of this partnership and vision.  

“Because of these and a good many more achievements that Sharon and the marvelous faculty, staff and students at Leeds have made, the school is well-positioned for its next dean to lead us to new levels of excellence and success,” said Moore. 

Matusik said she was honored by her time at CU Boulder. Prior to her deanship, she served in numerous other leadership roles, including senior associate dean for faculty and research, academic director of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship and board member for nonprofit organizations, such as the Strategic Management Society. 

“Our Leeds community—from our students to our faculty, staff and extended external community—continually shows its deep commitment to making an important economic and social impact in the world,” said Matusik. “To be part of that has been a great honor.” 

Matusik worked in the consulting field prior to her academic career and served on the faculty of Rice University before joining CU Boulder in 2004.