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Provost's Post

Announcing New Business School Dean


​June 30, 2016

Dear colleagues,
 
It is with pleasure that I write with news of the appointment of a new dean for the CU Denver Business School. Rohan Christie-David, PhD, currently interim dean of the College of Business at the University of Louisville, will join us on August 1, 2016. I am excited to have someone of Dr. Christie-David's caliber joining the ranks of CU Denver's leadership team.

In addition to great enthusiasm for his new role, Dr. Christie-David brings an impressive record of accomplishments in business school administration, research and teaching. In two years leading Louisville's business school, Dr. Christie-David demonstrated strategic ability, an entrepreneurial spirit and an energy and passion for his work. He articulated a distinctive vision that resonated well with faculty, staff and the community, oversaw a significant rise in ranking of several programs and the development of new programs, adeptly managed a tricky budget situation, and built ties with local businesses, donors and students. In previous leadership positions, including as associate dean for research and associate dean for master's programs, he oversaw improved research accomplishment and master's program rankings and assisted with accreditation. 
 
Dr. Christie-David's research expertise lies in the field of finance, particularly options and futures, market microstructure and finance theory, and he has also received many accolades for excellence in teaching. He holds a PhD in Finance from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from Wake Forest University, and has held faculty positions at Louisiana Tech University, University of Southern Mississippi and Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. 

I am confident that Dr. Christie-David can build on the strong foundation already established at our Business School to lead it to greater prominence and pre-eminence. We have discussed a broad outline of how he would go about doing this, bringing a leadership style rooted in shared governance, a priority on fundraising, and a plan to engage the Denver business community and work with faculty and industry to develop curricula that prepare the next generation of successful business leaders. He is looking to the future with plans to address trends in business education such as the need for interdisciplinary skills, the emergence of big data collection and management, changing delivery platforms, globalization and ethics in business.   

I would also like to thank Gary Kochenberger for his service as interim dean for the past year. Dr. Kochenberger ably led the Business School during the search for the new dean. A professor in the school for more than 25 years, this was his second yearlong stint as interim dean - he also served in this capacity in 1992.
 
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Christie-David to CU Denver and thanking Dr. Kochenberger for his service.
 
Sincerely,
 
Roderick Nairn, PhD
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs

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