University of Colorado Colorado Springs: College of Business

About The UCCS College of Business

November 20, 2012

Multiplying our Strengths through Partnerships

 I recently traveled to Washington, D.C. with a delegation of local business leaders and representatives from the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance (Business Alliance).  As a board member of the Business Alliance and as a representative of UCCS, I find it very important to make personal, face-to-face connections with people in D.C., to make a case along with our community leaders for the importance of supporting a strong higher education system in our region.  This trip allowed me to do just that.

Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance logo
In addition to spending time forging closer bonds with the members of the Business Alliance delegation, I also spent time building a link with administration and faculty at George Mason University.  GMU has a lot of similarities to UCCS, and I found it helpful to appreciate their successes and share ours and learn how we might strengthen our own programs here in Colorado.  I got some great ideas, some of which I can put into action quickly, and others that will help as we formulate a strategy for continued growth.

But the overarching lesson from this visit was about the power of partnership. We are fortunate to have many partnerships that help the College of Business continue to distinguish itself. 

  • award trophy of stylized person with raised armsOur partnership with the Daniels Fund helps us strengthen ethical decision making skills in our students. 
  • Our partnership with the College of Engineering helps us offer the Bachelor of InnovationTM, the only degree of its kind in the world.
  • Our partnership with major sport organizations and Olympic sport governing bodies helps us prepare students in our Sport Management Program to work in that multi-billion dollar industry. 
  • Our partnership with the PGA allows us to offer one of only 19 PGA accredited golf management programs in the country.
  • Our partnership with our alumni and local businesses help us to honor a local entrepreneur through the annual Lifetime Entrepreneurship Award.

Without these partners, we could not hope to be the college we are today, forging our vision to build successful futures.  In partnership we are better because our individual strengths are multiplied, not simply added together.  I am thankful to our campus, our advisory board and our alumni leadership team who help expand and strengthen these relationships.
 
I invite you to explore how you can be a partner with the College of Business with the goal of strengthening our community, our students, and our futures. Contact me at 719-255-3113 or vreddy@uccs.edu.

Sincerely,

Venkat Reddy, PhD
Dean, College of Business

We are in the business of building successful futures. ™