At the College of Business and Public Policy:
We are united in a common desire to help Alaska prepare for the future. Whether in the interactions of professors and students, the conduct of policy research, or assistance to small businesses, members of the College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP) community dedicate their working lives to enhance state's capabilities for meeting multiple challenges associated with creating a thriving economy. In my role as Dean, it has been my privilege to observe the impressive scale, scope and quality of work accomplished at CBPP.
Our faculty work at the leading edge of their fields and bring their intellectual capital into the classroom. Whether it is incorporating the business tools developed by SAP or SAS Institute, applying state of the art techniques of fraud examination, or conducting on optimizing employee incentives, our graduates leave CBPP with an impressive array of intellectual and professional skills.
CBPP continues its tradition of producing high-impact research. We have long been the home of the Institute of Social and Economic Research, a premier center for non-partisan policy research in Alaska. ISER research informs policy makers and citizens about critical issues ranging from energy, to fishing, to public education. More recently CBPP has become home to a new area of distinction, Behavioral and Experimental Economics, which was pioneered at CBPP by Nobel Laureate Dr. Vernon Smith, our first Rasmuson Chair in Economics.
A major challenge facing Alaska is the impending retirement of leaders across a broad spectrum of institutions. CBPP has augmented its Leadership curriculum, especially for the MBA program, and will in the coming years create an Alaska Center for Leadership, which will serve as a hub for the development of leaders in the state. We envision a diverse array of curriculum and programs to meet the needs of varied degree programs and professional communities. Established leaders in the business community are currently assisting us in the development of a dynamic leadership mentoring program, which will provide continuity as the duty of leadership passes to a new generation.
I am honored to serve as Dean of the College of Business and Public Policy at UAA. In addition to the good work of CBPP community members, I am most proud of the fact that this is a great place to work. Please come and visit. You are always welcome.