November 20, 2012
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Venkat Reddy, PhD
Dean, College of Business