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Dean's Message

Karen TurnerDear Alumni, Friends and Donors,

This has been another very productive semester for the Monfort College of Business.  Our students continue to perform at a high level.  Our seniors scored in the top 5 percent on the Educational Testing Service Major Field Test in Business again.  This standardized test is administered to students at 600+ business schools in the U.S.  Our students have placed in the top 4-10% nationally for almost a decade.

The College held its Sixth Annual Ethics Day on October 10.  Students at the University and the community at large were given opportunities to hear a variety of speakers including Bill Daniels Professors of Business Ethics at the University of New Mexico Dr. O.C. Ferrell and Dr. Linda Ferrell, and representatives from New Belgium Brewery, Mad Greens, Otterbox and the Better Business Bureau.

All entering freshmen business students are now required to complete a Professional Experience, providing opportunities for practical work experience prior to graduation.  To help students prepare the College has created activities that will enhance our students’ professional skills.  More than 400 students attended the second annual Networking Night in October.  Students practiced their networking skills with representatives from 27 companies including platinum sponsor Sears Real Estate, Cintas Corporation, JBS USA, Northwestern Mutual – Denver, State Farm Insurance, Farmers Insurance Group, FirstBank, Lewan & Associates, University of Colorado Health and Wells Fargo Bank.  If your company is interested in sponsoring or participating in next year’s event, please contact Cassandra Shearholdt .

Alumni, donors and friends of the Monfort College of Business partied and raised student scholarship funds at Coors Field in downtown Denver during the Third Annual All Star Celebration on September 7.  The event featured casino games, tours, a silent auction, and abundant networking opportunities and was hosted by Colorado Rockies CEO and co-owner Dick Monfort (Class of 1976).  We’re also grateful to our sponsors, including Grand Slam Sponsors Mike and Deanie Underwood and Three Peaks Capital Management; Home Run Sponsor The Monfort Family Foundation; Team Sponsors The Better Business Bureau, Delta Dental, EKS&H, GrowthWeaver, Montera Cattle Company, North Colorado Medical Center and Steele Mountain Capital Management; Supporting Sponsor Flood and Peterson Insurance; and in-kind sponsors Cole Promo and The Edge Sports Center.

Our Monfort Executive Professor Program welcomes its new director, Gene O’Hara, who recently retired from a 30-year heath care career leading tertiary medical centers and regional networks.  He’s also served on the College’s Dean’s Leadership Council for several years.  He is in the process of scheduling a great lineup of national and regional business leaders to speak to and meet with our students.

MCB is presenting the Fourth Annual Entrepreneurial Challenge, with $50,000 in prize money—a $14,000 increase over last year.  Five finalists will present their business plans in a “Shark Tank” format on Thursday, March 7 at the University Center on campus in Greeley.  The event will be open to the public and the winners will be announced that night during the Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards, a Northern Colorado Business Report event sponsored by MCB.

The College is collaborating with the Mathematical Sciences Department in the College of Health and Natural Sciences to introduce a new Software Engineering degree, which will launch in Fall 2013.  We’re excited to be able to provide students with a degree that will make them market-ready for the new world of computer software development.

We extend congratulations to alum and Anton Collins Mitchell Founding Partner Greg Anton (Class of 1987, Accounting) who received the prestigious Power Book Award in the Accounting/Banking/Finance category at a luncheon presented by the Denver Business Journal and sponsored by the Monfort College of Business.  Alum Kevin Ahern, Vice Chair, CEO and President of CIC Bancshares (Class of 1985, Business Administration and member of the Dean’s Leadership Council) was also a finalist in that category, as was Robin Wise, President and CEO of Junior Achievement, Rocky Mountain Inc. and Dean’s Leadership Council member.

We are, as always, grateful to our students, alumni, donors and friends for all the support you provide. We look forward to growing these partnerships so we can continue to improve our programs and the quality education we are known for.


Karen Turner,
Acting Dean, Monfort College of Business


To be a world class provider of business education that prepares and inspires our students, alumni and friends to be successful in their careers and in life.


To provide excellent primarily undergraduate and focused graduate business programs and related learning opportunities that prepare individuals for successful careers and responsible citizenship in a global society. We accomplish this by focusing our efforts in teaching, research and service to benefit student learning.

Teaching:  Our primary purpose is to provide the highest quality education to students most of whom come from Colorado and the surrounding states, by having professionally and academically qualified faculty who blend theoretical foundations with practical applications.
Scholarship: We value all forms of scholarship that advance our teaching and each discipline defines its research balance based on a discipline-specific focus.  Given the applied nature of our Accounting program, it has chosen a research agenda focused on contributions to practice and pedagogical research.  Our other programs have chosen a research agenda based primarily on discipline-based research, while valuing other forms of scholarship as well.
Service:  We provide value through service to our stakeholders including our students, colleagues, the college, the university the academic discipline and the community, state and region in which we are located.


  • Excellence: We strive for excellence in all we do.
  • Teaching: We are committed to provide the highest quality education by having professionally and academically qualified faculty who blend theoretical foundations with practical applications.
  • Scholarship: We advance business knowledge through scholarship and partnerships with business and community organizations.
  • Community: Partnering with the community is key to achieving our mission and vision.
  • Integrity: We are committed to creating and promoting a culture based on ethics and morality.
  • Respect: We treat all students, faculty, staff and members of the community with respect in order to foster an environment of trust, mutual respect and diversity of thought.
  • Accountability: To achieve excellence we must hold each other accountable. We must be responsible and expect the best from each other.
  • Success: We provide students with the skills, tools and opportunities to have successful careers.


  1. Recruit high-quality student population while maintaining a balance between quality and quantity.
  2. Sustain a high quality curriculum.
  3. Recruit and retain high quality faculty and staff.
  4. Secure adequate state resources for college operations.
  5. Increase external funds raised for the college.
  6. Continue to improve the quality of MCB facilities and technology.
  7. Develop reputation among stakeholders that is consistent with program excellence.
  8. Provide the best learning environments for our students.