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Business School Dean Ambron to retire

October 8, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

It is with mixed feelings that I write to tell you that the Denver Campus’s longest serving dean, Sueann Ambron, has announced her decision to retire on June 30, 2015. She will be greatly missed, but I’m glad she’ll have the time she wants to spend with her family, including a new granddaughter. We will begin a search process soon with the intent of having a new dean in place by the time she steps down.

Since her appointment as dean in 2000, Dean Ambron has successfully integrated the Business School into the fabric of the region’s business community. Under her leadership, the Business School has worked collaboratively with industry to develop innovative programs for risk management and insurance, commodities, global energy, entrepreneurship, health, sports management and sustainability. Over 200 executives from across the Rocky Mountain West actively participate in Business School advisory boards, mentor students and provide opportunities for student interns to gain work experience before they graduate.

Among her many lasting contributions to the Business School are the J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities, the first of its kind in the country, the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship and the Institute for International Business, all of which build on our tradition of innovation to shape the future. Her focus on the Business School’s fundraising priorities has resulted in over $35 million in gifts and pledges to the school and its programs.

Finally, Dean Ambron led the transformation of the Business School building from a 1980s-era corporate office building to a first-class facility that supports the school’s mission to educate the next generation of business leaders, and its emphasis on engagement with industry and the community. The new building consolidated Business School classrooms and offices that had been dispersed across 13 locations, and provided a solid anchor to CU Denver’s “education corridor” along Lawrence Street. The lasting difference that Dean Ambron made here will bear fruit for years to come.

It was Sueann’s vision to establish a place to nurture the ideas that will shape—and the people who will rise to—the leadership challenges of the future. She has fulfilled that vision admirably, to the betterment of both this university and this city. We are grateful that she shared 15 years of her career with us, and we wish her well for the future.

Best regards,

Roderick Nairn
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

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