Office of the Dean

Leeds Profile

Founded in 1906, and named in 2001, Leeds is one of the oldest business schools in the nation.

The Leeds School consistently ranks among the top business schools in the country. For the 2009-2010 academic year:

  • Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranks the Leeds School of Business as one of the top 50 business schools in the nation for its undergraduate specialties. The Leeds School is ranked in the following categories: 30th in ethics, 41st in sustainability, 43rd in business law, 46th in financial management and 48th in calculus.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked the Leeds School’s Deming Center for Entrepreneurship 17th, moving it up three spots from last year for its graduate school entrepreneurship program.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked the undergraduate program 35th nationally among all public and private universities, moving up from 41st last year. Among public universities offering doctoral business degrees, the University of Colorado Boulder is ranked 22nd.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked the full-time MBA program 71st out of 426, making it in the top 20 percent. Both the evening MBA and MBA Entrepreneurship programs were ranked in the top 10 percent, at 35th and 26th place.
  • World Resources Institute and the Aspen Institute ranked the Leeds School 37th in the world for integrating social and environmental stewardship into the curriculum in the 2009-10 Beyond Grey Pinstripes report. The four areas of curriculum ranked the Leeds School 28th in relevant courses, 35th in student exposure, 32nd in for-profit impact, and 85th in faculty research.

Our Centers, including the nationally-ranked Deming Center for Entrepreneurship Center, CU Real Estate Center, and Center for Education on Social Responsibility, include teaching and research into sustainability as central to their mission.

Rich Wobbekind, of the Business Research Division, is widely respected for his annual Economic Forecast and he is the 2010-11 President of the National Association for Business Economics.

We are a Research 1 university and our faculty are frequently published and internationally recognized as top researchers in their fields.

Located in Boulder, one of the hottest tech start-up communities in the United States according to many national publications such as Businessweek and the Wall Street Journal.

Our successful graduates include John Wood who founded Room to Read and wrote Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, and Sarah Siegel-Magness who founded her own lingerie company and executive produced the recent 3 Oscar winning movie Precious.

Strategic Vision

Why is our 5-year strategic plan important? The current state of the economy presents many challenges to all facets of society, from individuals to organizations, and higher education is not an exception. Our plan focuses on creation and dissemination of knowledge in the core business disciplines (i.e., accounting, finance, marketing, and management and entrepreneurship) while continue to develop, improve and support our differentiating areas of excellence in entrepreneurship, real estate and social responsibility. The plan follows our vision of always being entrepreneurial, while ensuring access to business education as well as increasing the quality of our students, faculty and programs through six major goals:

  • Advance innovation and responsible business practices through excellence in research and research-based teaching
  • Enhance the educational experience of Leeds students by developing a culture based on high academic expectations, student engagement, and preparedness for success in business practice
  • Elevate the quality of the MBA program
  • Strengthen our connectivity and relationships with key external constituents
  • Increase the school’s resource base
  • And finally, raise awareness and knowledge of the school.

We are working diligently towards achieving our strategic objectives through the implementation of key initiatives and the hard work of Leeds faculty and staff. We are proud of our accomplishments, particularly knowing that we have done all of this with resources that are considerably more limited than those available to our peer schools.

Our faculty continue to engage in research projects that result in publications in the most prestigious academic journals, enhancing the reputation of Leeds while proposing fundamental changes in current and future business practices. They also share their findings with students at all levels by infusing the information in the undergraduate, MBA and doctoral curricula.

At the same time, they invite industry leaders to merge theory and practice, which has resulted in an increase in student engagement. This is evident in areas such as such as social entrepreneurship and sustainability, where Leeds students have joined with students in the sciences and in engineering to form clubs and coalitions in order to explore the creation of businesses that are both profitable and socially conscious. Faculty connected with aspiring entrepreneurs to help them establish new businesses in emerging economies in third world countries.

Leeds alumni are also active in these areas, for example:

  • Nick Sowden’s BS ’07, company ToughStuff provides affordable, indestructible solar-panels and LED lamps for low-income populations in twenty-seven developing countries. Recently, the University of Colorado Alumni Association recognized Nick’s efforts with the Kalpana Chawla Outstanding Recent Graduate Award—this is the first time a Leeds graduate has received this award.

Leeds has a solid plan and that as we achieve more of our strategic objectives the School will reach higher levels of excellence. We will continue to approach each effort with the entrepreneurial spirit and can-do attitude that exemplifies students, faculty and alumni of the Leeds School. It is exciting to see that our work has the potential of being highly influential, as business practices are redefined throughout the 21st century.


Meet Dean Ikenberry at the Senior Sound Off & Send Off Sessions this April 2011

Dean David Ikenberry invites senior Leeds School students to the Senior Sound Off & Send Off Sessions


Corlin Ambler
Program Coordinator
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Michele Callagy
Professional Assistant to the Dean
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Rick Johnson
Assistant Dean of Administration
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Chris Leach
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research
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Curriculum Vitae
Al Smith
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs
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Richard L. Wobbekind
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs
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Free Tax Help Offered by Leeds School of Business Students

Leeds School of Business

January 18, 2013

The Leeds School of Business is offering free tax preparation services to low income taxpayers (income less than $50,000) under an IRS-sponsored program called VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance).

Ikenberry Named Dean of the Leeds School of Business

Leeds School of Business

January 18, 2011

David L. Ikenberry, associate dean in the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named dean of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Past Events


2011 Business Diversity Symposium

May 13, 2011

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

The Stadium Club
Folsom Stadium

Leeds, in partnerships with Ball Corporation, Xcel Energy, and 1st Bank, is pleased to announce our second annual Diversity Symposium.

View the recorded presentations (requires Microsoft Silverlight)


Leeds Senior Sound Off & Send Off Breakfast

April 19, 2011

9:00 am – 11:00 am

Byron Koste Atrium

Talk graduation, professionalism and the real world with Dean Ikenberry. Enjoy free food, giveaways, and register to win fabulous prizes.


Leeds Senior Sound Off and Send Off

April 11, 2011

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Byron Koste Atrium

Talk graduation, professionalism and the real world with Dean Ikenberry. Enjoy free food, giveaways, and register to win fabulous prizes.


Leeds Senior Sound Off and Send Off

April 5, 2011

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Byron Koste Atrium

Talk graduation, professionalism and the real world with Dean Ikenberry. Enjoy free food, giveaways, and register to win fabulous prizes.


Faculty and Staff Meeting

February 11, 2011

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

KOBL 210/Atrium

Faculty and Staff Meeting


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