A. Leroy Leavitt
Leroy Leavitt, a Colorado native, began his twenty-six year banking career in 1972 when he joined Norwest Bank in Denver as a credit officer. He quickly moved through the ranks, holding a variety of management positions in Colorado and Montana. In 1987, Leavitt was named president and managing officer of Norwest Bank in Greeley. His responsibilities included directing and coordinating all phases of bank operations, credit administration, and business development. In 1998, Norwest Bank of Greeley consisted of five locations and was the largest bank in Greeley and Weld County.
Leavitt was actively involved with UNC for many years, serving on the UNC Foundation, Inc.'s Board from 1989 to 1995. Two of those six years were spent as board President and two others as chairman of the Finance Committee. It was during this time that Leroy convinced the board to support the formation of UNC's Student Alumni Foundation Fund--a class that provides students an opportunity to actively manage an invest a portion of the Foundation's funds in a live stock/bond portfolio.
Through Norwest, Leavitt also established an endowment for the college's faculty excellence grants and awards. His record of support over the years of UNC and the Monfort College of Business make him a deserving recipient of a Building Business Excellence Award.