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Distinguished Alumni

College of Business

Scott Macdonald (2015-2016)

Scott Macdonald is the Chief Financial Officer of Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB), a leading global media and entertainment company. Mr. Macdonald was born and raised in Rock Springs, Wyoming and received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Wyoming in 1984. He currently resides in Centennial, Colorado with his wife Anne and three children, James, Meg and Nicole.  James is currently a junior at the University of Wyoming, majoring in Chemical Engineering.

Mr. Macdonald was elected to the University of Wyoming Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2016 and is a gold member of the University of Wyoming President’s Society. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Macdonald currently serves on the board of directors of Arma Dei Academy, IWT Incorporated and Playco Holding Limited.

Mr. Macdonald began his career in public accounting as an auditor in the Denver, Colorado office of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (now KPMG LLP). Since leaving Peat Marwick in 1988, Mr. Macdonald has worked in a variety of finance and accounting roles in the cable/satellite television and entertainment industries, including stints at Tele-Communications, Inc., Primestar, Inc. and AT&T Broadband. Prior to joining Starz, Mr. Macdonald was Chief Accounting Officer for Adelphia Communications Corporation. At Adelphia, Mr. Macdonald was part of the management team hired to restructure the company and restate its previously issued public financial statements following fraudulent activities committed by prior management that led to the company’s bankruptcy. Adelphia successfully completed its restructuring in 2006 and was acquired by Time Warner Cable Inc. and Comcast Corporation in conjunction with the finalization of its bankruptcy proceedings.  At Starz, Mr. Macdonald works with the company’s senior management and board of directors and is responsible for managing the company’s financial activities, including accounting, financial planning and analysis, internal and external reporting, taxation and treasury operations.

Patrick Higgins (2015-2016)

Pat Higgins is CEO of the Foursome, Inc. dba Orrison Distributing, LTD, a distributor of quality beers in Wyoming and Colorado. Pat received a BS in Accounting in 1975 and an MBA in 1981. After graduating and passing the CPA exam in 1975, he worked for a Cheyenne CPA firm for five years.  This five year period was a tremendous learning experience that built a strong understanding of accounting and financial reporting. While working at the CPA firm, he enrolled in the UW MBA program, graduating in May 1981.

In 1981, he went to work as Controller for a Cheyenne Beer Wholesaler and held this position until 1987 when he became part of a group of managers that purchased beer operations in Wyoming and Colorado. The distributorship operates out of two facilities in Cheyenne, Wyoming and Glenwood Spring, Colorado and serves 11 counties with 56 employees. After 29 years, the job continues to be all consuming and a joy. The reality is there is nothing better than being the Bud Man.

Pat is past director of the National Beer Wholesaler Association, currently is Vice Chairman of the Colorado Beer Distributor Association, and President of the Wyoming Beer Wholesaler Association. He has been an active participant to improving franchise protection for Beer Wholesalers in Wyoming and Colorado.

Pat lives in Cheyenne with his wife of 35 years, Nancy, a 1979 UW graduate. They have two children, Megan and Joe. Megan lives in Bozeman, Montana and Joe and his wife Ashley live in Douglas.  Joe and his wife are 2012 graduates of UW with degrees in elementary education and are currently teaching, Joe in the 5th grade and Ashley in 2nd. Joe and Ashley have made us proud grandparents of Jaxon, who we hope will continue the UW tradition.

Pat is a past board member of Cheyenne LEADS and currently is active on St. Mary’s Finance Council and Cheyenne Country Club Board of Directors. In June he will become a member of the UW Foundation Board.

Pat and Nancy are major donors to the UW College of Business, Golf Facility, Area Auditorium and High Altitude Training Facility.  Their next adventure is building a home at Lake Catamount in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.


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