Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper visiting Western on Oct. 17

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper delivers 2014 commencement address at Wesern

Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper visiting Western on Oct. 17

Greg Smith
Photo by Oct 12, 2018

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is scheduled to visit the campus of Western Colorado University on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 3 p.m. at the invitation of the School of Business and its new Outdoor Industry MBA program.

Hickenlooper intends to recognize the transformative changes during his administration in the state’s outdoor industry, including the relocation to Colorado of not only the nation’s largest outdoor sports trade shows in Outdoor Retailer, but also VF Corporation, which counts Altra, Icebreaker, Smart wool and The North Face among its brands.

In 2015, Hickenlooper established the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office in recognition of the huge impact and importance of the industry to the future prosperity and health of Colorado.

“We can’t thank Governor Hickenlooper enough for his vision and leadership towards making not only the outdoor recreation industry a priority for the state, but also recognizing that to support our multibillion dollar economy requires a strong talent pipeline,” said Luis Benitez, Director of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office. “The new MBA at Western is the perfect complement to our statewide efforts to secure a bright, bold future for our industry.”

The governor also plans to recognize the creation of the nation’s first Outdoor Industry MBA program at Western—tailor-made for outdoor enthusiasts looking to climb the corporate ladder. The inaugural cohort in this one-of-a-kind graduate program started classes in September.

“Under the leadership of Governor Hickenlooper, the Outdoor Recreation Industry Office has been an incredible resource and partner in the development of the Outdoor Industry MBA,” said Pete Sherman, Director of the Outdoor MBA program and Dean of Western’s School of Business. “The office has been instrumental in connecting Western with the key players in the industry to help develop curriculum and providing guidance during the launch of the program.”

The event featuring the governor, who was the commencement speaker at Western in 2014 and is reportedly considering a presidential run in 2020, will be held on Western’s campus in the Kincaid Concert Hall within Quigley Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Western will also be live streaming the event. Find a link to the live stream at

Story by Bryan Boyle, Marketing Communications.

—This story has been updated to reflect a change of venue from the University Center to Quigley Hall.