Dean's Message

Dean Karen S. MarkelDean Karen S. Markel

Welcome to the College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP). I am honored to serve as dean for the CBPP where I know I will continue to see amazing achievements from our students, faculty, and staff.

The CBPP’s mission “to prepare students for leadership at the frontiers of a changing world” is one that resonates with me and echoes the lasting nickname of Alaska. “The Last Frontier” – an ode to the adventure of not just pushing boundaries, but breaking them altogether. We in Alaska must be resilient, creative, and resourceful in getting things done and your CBPP education will reinforce this idea.

Our unique geography, location, diverse communities, and abundant natural resources enhance learning in ways that result in a more comprehensive education which will apply to a range of professions and industries. The rich Alaskan culture that has shaped this incredible state is also reflected in our college with programs such as the Alaska Native Business Management minor. And while Alaska is the largest U.S. state, nowhere is it easier to strike up a conversation with anyone from executives to politicians which gives you the especially distinct chance to network and learn in ways you wouldn’t be able to anywhere else from those in the forefront of their fields. As if that’s not enough to set the CBPP apart, I’d like to share a few more characteristics that make our college an outstanding place to learn:

  • Inclusivity: Alaska is a vast state full of diverse history, people, and backgrounds. We are proud to be part of a mission-driven, public institution that is dedicated to removing barriers to higher education by providing learning opportunities to all who are driven to benefit from education regardless of who they are or where they come from.

  • Accessibility: We understand that the journey of education is not without its obstacles and each person’s path is different. Rather than watch students struggle to manage their existing responsibilities around their education, we strive to help you to integrate it into your life with ease. The new hybrid Masters in Business Administration (MBA) program, or completely online tracks, like the Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management (MSGCM), give you the freedom to mold your degree to your unique lifestyle. Our fantastic staff and faculty will strive to provide the support you’ll need to succeed in the on-schedule completion of your program and your career endeavors thereafter.

  • Quality: Our AACSB accreditation is awarded only to top-tier colleges internationally and we work hard to be worthy of that honor by amplifying engagement, innovation, and impact at our college. Your education will not be limited to the classroom at the CBPP. As a business student, you’ll have access to amazing opportunities through clubs, internships, advising, mentoring, and real-world project experiences to meet your professional goals. You’ll be able to begin building your resume while still in school by getting involved in things like Alaska professional chapters, leadership fellows, and job shadowing or volunteering in your local community while simultaneously earning credits.

Any path you choose at the College of Business and Public Policy will be one of the most versatile and in-demand areas of expertise out there as every business of any size in the entire world utilizes marketing, management, and accounting at the bare minimum in their everyday operations, whether they realize it or not. The larger the corporation, the more of a range of areas they’ll need to incorporate for successful operations. Not only are these widely utilized expertise, but they are present in every field on the planet. We’ve made it a priority to integrate cutting edge technology into your learning experience at the CBPP with devoted Economic, Accounting, and Finance labs for CBPP students and the innovational Weidner Center.

The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) is another strong contributor to innovation at the CBPP and has been at the forefront of public policy research in Alaska for more than half a century. The faculty, research associates, and support staff actively contribute their applied research to enhance the knowledge of social and economic systems which in turn supports an informed Alaska and private decision-making.

Ultimately, our goal is to equip you with the knowledge, tools, and guidance you need to succeed. Our incredible staff and faculty are dedicated to working with you to help you reach your summit. We invest in you so you can invest in Alaska and beyond. It has been exciting to learn about the great accomplishments already underway in my 1st year at the CBPP and I look forward to seeing the many more to come.

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

Karen S. Markel (signature)
Dean Karen S. Markel