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Better than an Energy MBA; get your MS in Global Energy Management (MS), University of Colorado Denver Business School, offering Bachelor, MBA, MS, and PhD degrees

Business School, University of Colorado Denver

GEM Faculty

Integrating theory with field perspectives

Integrating academic theory with real-world business is a challenging task, especially when it is focused on such a dynamic and ever-evolving industry like energy. That’s why the GEM Program strives to recruit faculty with extensive experience in this dynamic and global sector. Over 87% of GEM professors bring their years of energy industry experience into the classroom and help students understand how theoretical concepts are applied in real-world business situations. Our professors’ experience spans five continents and averages over 15 years in the industry. All meet the rigorous AACSB requirements needed for this internationally recognized accreditation.

Paul Alvarez, MBA
William Ascher, PhD
Andy Bertsch, DBA
John Burkholder, MSSM

Mr. Burkholder has been directly involved in the energy utility industry for over thirty years. After serving as a U.S. Naval Officer and Navy carrier aviator for ten years, Mr. Burkholder entered the energy utility industry via San Diego Gas & Electric Company in the early 1980s. Working in the Fuel and Regulatory Analysis department, he gained considerable experience in the California and Western energy markets, particularly in natural gas issues. Mr. Burkholder directly participated in nearly every California gas regulatory proceeding throughout the eighties and nineties, providing policy and expert testimony as the gas industry deregulated and transitioned to a new regulatory structure. His expertise in natural gas regulatory analysis, cost allocation and rate design are well recognized.

Leaving SDG&E after twelve years, Mr. Burkholder entered the consulting field, eventually forming Burkholder Energy Transactions Analysis (BETA) Consulting, an independent energy consulting firm. He represented major energy clients throughout California for over twelve years in gas regulatory and other energy matters. In 2009, Mr. Burkholder joined Xcel Energy Services in Denver, Colorado, where he is currently employed full time. Mr. Burkholder has continued his rate analysis work, developing cost of service studies in major rate case for Xcel operating companies, including Southwestern Public Service, based in Amarillo, Texas. In Colorado, he is conducting these same studies for Public Service Company of Colorado, both in the gas and electric sectors. Mr. Burkholder is responsible for the modeling, development and support of these studies in rate cases. In addition, Mr. Burkholder also develops five year rate forecasting models for Xcel operating companies.

Mr. Burkholder accumulated over 1500 hours tactical jet first pilot time and 300 carrier landings in his U.S. Navy career. Mr. Burkholder has a B.S. degree in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and a M.S. degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.

Terri Carver, J.D.
Janie Chermak, PhD
Gary Hapken, CPA, MBA
Lynn Hendrix, J.D.
Maen M. Husein, PhD
Jack Mason, PhD
Richard P. Mignogna, PhD, PE
Michael J. Orlando, PhD
Steven Richardson, J.D.
Lisa Roy
Herb Rubenstein, J.D.
Steven Seay, PhD
Melissa Wood, MBA
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