The School of Business

The School of Business prepares students to be versatile, creative and empathetic leaders in the modern business world. From core skills in strategic management and communication to technical knowledge in marketing research and accounting, graduates enter their industries ready to make a difference.


Areas of Study Include: 

A male student reads a textbook in the Borick Business Building lobby.

Accounting

Business
Major
Minor
ACC, Finance, accounting, accounting program, bachelor of arts in accounting, study accounting, accountant, auditing, scholarships, accounting degree, CPA
Students walk to class in Borick Business Building.

Business Administration

Business
Major
Minor
Business administration, business, marketing, finance, economics, accounting, business, general business
Students meet with Auden Schendler, Vice President of Sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company and author of Getting Green Done.

Business Administration and Environment & Sustainability

Business
Major
environmental studies, business and environment, environment, sustainability, bacheolor of arts, BA in Business
Student in Economy course

Economics

Business
Major
Minor
Secondary Licensure
ECON, Economics, Econ, Business, Econ Major, Economics Major
Group photo of students on an Energy Management field trip

Energy Management|Landman

Business
Emphasis
PLRM, petroleum, energy, management, energy management, professional land & resource management, resource management, Western Colorado University, Western
Students listen intently in class.

Finance

Business
Emphasis
finance, finance degree, colorado business school, financial analysis, study finance, business degree, college degree, university degree, business school
Students listen to presentation in ICE lab.

Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship (ICE)

Business
Emphasis
Entrepreneur, Entrepreneruship, Entrepreneurship Emphasis, Business, ICE, Western, Western Colorado University
Students learn about the culture of Latin America

Latin American Business

Business
Emphasis
Latin American Business, Latin American Studies, Business, Management, Latin American
Student working to get management experience.

Management

Business
Emphasis
Management, Business, Western Business Management, Western, Western Colorado University
Students listening in class.

Marketing

Business
Emphasis
Marketing, Business, Marketing Major, Western, Western Colorado University
Crested Butte Mountain Resort in the Winter.

Resort Management

Business
Emphasis
Resort Management, Western Resort Management, Ski Resort, Tourism, Business
Student work on campus in the Ice Lab

Outdoor Industry MBA

Business
Western Outdoor Industry MBA, Western MBA, Western Outdoor MBA, Gunnison Outdoor MBA

Directory

Faculty

Menon Billingsley, M.S. headshot
Director of Energy Management Program, School of Business Faculty
B.A., California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Economics, 1995, M.S., Baylor University, Economics, 1996
Phone: 970.943.2563
Office Location: Borick Business Building 225
D. Scott Borden, Ph.D. headshot
Graduate Faculty, Master in Environmental Management Programs (MEM) & MBA in Outdoor Industry
B.A., Western, Biology and Environment & Sustainability, 2005, M.A. Prescott College, Environmental Education, 2008, Ph.D., University of Exeter, Business Administration, 2017
Phone: 970.943.2294
Office Location: Kelley Hall 108
Steve Crowley, Ph.D. headshot
Associate Professor of Accounting
B.S., University of Montana, Accounting and Finance, Master of Accountancy, University of Montana, Ph.D., University of Utah, Accounting and Information Systems, CPA Colorado, CMA
Phone: 970.943.3055
Office Location: Borick Business Building 247
Jeffrey Dykes, Ph.D. headshot
Associate Professor of Business Administration
B.A., Western Colorado University, J.D., University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
Phone: 970.943.3189
Office Location: Borick Business Building 226
Christopher Greene, J.D. headshot
Associate Professor of Business Administration; Innovation + Creativity + Entrepreneurship (ICE) Project Director
B.S., University of Wyoming, J.D., University of Colorado School of Law
Phone: 970.943.2300
Office Location: Borick Business Building 222
Ralph Hanke, Ph.D. headshot
Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Graduate Faculty in Outdoor Industry MBA
B.A., University of Waterloo, M.A., University of Waterloo, M.A., Bowling Green State University, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
Phone: 970.943.3020
Office Location: Borick Business Building 242
James Harriss, Ph.D. headshot
Associate Professor of Banking & Finance
BBA, Sam Houston State University, Finance, 1977, MBA, Sam Houston State University, Finance, 1978, DBA, Mississippi State University, Finance, 1987
Phone: 970.943.3005
Office Location: Borick Business Building 215
Sally E. Hays, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Economics
B.A., University of Colorado Boulder, Economics and Mathematics, 1992, M.A., University of Oregon, Economics, 1996, Ph.D., University of Oregon, Economics, 1999
Phone: 970.943.2893
Office Location: Borick Business Building 228
Tammy Kowalczyk, Ph.D. headshot
Interim Director, RIEEE
Appalachian State University
Phone: 828.262.2764
Email:
Office Location:
Jessica Laramie, J.D. headshot
Lecturer in Business Administration
B.A., Illinois State University, History, 2004, B.A., Illinois State University, Politics & Government, 2004, MRLS, University of Denver, Masters of Natural Resource Law, 2006, J.D., University of Denver, 2012
Phone: 970.943.2538
Office Location: Borick Business Building 229
Scott Lazerus, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Economics
B.A., University of Utah, Ph.D., University of Utah
Phone: 970.943.2097
Office Location: Borick Business Building 227
Louise Meret-Hanke, Ph.D. headshot
Lecturer in Business Administration
Phone: 970.943.3001
Office Location: Borick Business Building 221
Tom Miller, M.Sc. headshot
Lecturer in Business Administration and Director of Professional Selling Program
B.S., Baylor University, M.Sc., HEC University, Paris, Coaching and Consulting for Change, 2009, Alumnus, Oxford University, Coaching and Consulting for Change, 2009
Phone: 970.943.2019
Office Location: Borick Business Building 245
Brooke Moran, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Recreation & Outdoor Education for MEM Graduate Program, Adjunct Graduate Faculty for Outdoor Industry MBA
B.S., University of New Hampshire, M.A., Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ph.D., University of New Hampshire
Phone: 970.943.2118
Office Location: Wright Gym 223
Kevin A. Nelson, Ph.D. headshot
Associate Dean of Business School
B.A., Brigham Young University, Economics, 1991, M.A., Michigan State University, Natural Resource Economics, 1994, Ph.D., Michigan State University, Hospitality and Tourism, 2002
Phone: 970.943.2610
Office Location: Borick Business Building 243
David J. Plante, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Economics
B.A., Boston University, Economics, 1987, Ph.D., University of Utah, Economics, 2004
Phone: 970.943.2207
Office Location: Borick Business Building 244
Michelle Shaffer, M.S. headshot
Lecturer in Accounting, Certified Public Accountant
B.S., Chestnut Hill College, Accounting, 1992, M.S., San Diego State University, Accountancy, 1994
Phone: 970.943.3089
Office Location: Borick Business Building 254
Perry Solheim, Ph.D. headshot
Assistant Professor of Accounting
B.A., Claremont McKenna College, B.A., Fort Lewis College, Ph.D., University of Utah
Phone: 970.943.3026
Office Location: Borick Business Building 221
Michael Vieregge, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Business Administration
Undergraduate Degree, Philipps University, Marburg, Germany, M.A., MPA, University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Phone: 970.943.2566
Office Location: Borick Business Building 241
Joel Watson, Ph.D. headshot
Assistant Professor of Marketing, Graduate Faculty for Outdoor Industry MBA
B.S., University of Virginia, Ph.D., University of Utah
Phone: 970.943.3008
Office Location: Borick Business Building 246
Jay Whitacre, Ph.D. headshot
Faculty for Outdoor Industry MBA, Lecturer in Recreation & Outdoor Education
B.A., Western, Outdoor Leadership, 2001, M.A., Indiana University - Bloomington, Outdoor Recreation, 2011, Ph.D., Indiana University - Bloomington, Leisure Studies & Inquiry Methodology, 2018
Phone: 970.943.2202
Office Location: Paul Wright Gymn 231