Dean's Message

Dean Karen S. MarkelDean Karen S. Markel

Welcome to the University of Alaska’s College of Business and Public Policy. I am honored and grateful to serve as dean of the College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP).

The CBPP provides an educational experience uniquely positioned for meeting the needs of professions locally in Alaska and beyond globally. Alaska’s geography, location, diverse communities, and abundant natural resources are differentiators and provide opportunities to enhance learning in ways that contribute to the public good.

I connect with the College’s mission “to prepare students for leadership at the frontiers of a changing world.” We strive to improve the world by developing and inspiring responsible citizens and fostering life-long learning. There are many reasons why I was drawn to the College of Business and Public Policy, and why you should be, too. Here are a few of them:

  • Inclusivity. 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 able to benefit from education.

  • Accessibility. We are committed to making education accessible to all students to create clear pathways to graduation. Our MBA Program is being transformed to a hybrid format and the Master’s in Global Supply Chain Management is now fully online. Our programs attend to ensuring assessable learning environments as well as to meet the needs of working professionals who desire flexible options that will not require putting a career on hold.

  • Quality. We bring our contributions to the business and public administration community by offering innovative technologies in the classroom for high-impact learning; experiential learning activities where students apply learning to real-world projects; and professional networking readying students for the next step after graduation.

The success of our students owes much to the faculty, staff, alumni, and community professionals who support and promote advancing knowledge both locally in Alaska and globally. Our student body includes both traditional and non-traditional learners; many of who are first generation college students. Some students take advantage of our faculty resources to conduct cutting-edge research. Professional opportunities through clubs, internships, and international experiences are also available.

We are grateful to have as an affiliate the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) who is at the forefront of public policy research in Alaska. ISER’s contributions are crucial to helping Alaskans better understand critical economic and social issues facing our State and the Arctic.

I am honored to work with leaders within the Alaska Native community and my hope is that we grow this area even more as we continue to build the Alaska Native Business Management Minor. Collaborating with the Alaska Native community provides better perspective on how we can better prepare students for a future career in Alaska business.

My goal is to create strong and lasting connections between the College of Business and Public Policy and the community so that we are in service to both our students and industry. Let us invest in you so you can invest in Alaska and beyond the great land.

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