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Message from College of Business Leadership

I am honored and privileged to serve as Interim Dean beginning August 14th until the successful completion of a search for the next COB Dean, which should be prior to July 1, 2018.  As you know, I am a native of South Dakota, have many years of experience at the University of Illinois and recently stepped away from almost ten years as the president of my alma mater, South Dakota State University.  My wife Marcia and I are excited about the opportunity to serve the college and thank President Nichols and Provost Miller for their trust and confidence.

As recently announced, Professors Chuck Mason and Kent Drummond and I will work together, along with the Department Chairs and a newly appointed Faculty Advisory Committee, to lead the College of Business during the 2017-2018 academic year.  Chuck and Kent will serve two-year terms as Associate Deans and from July 1st until I arrive August 14th, Chuck has graciously accepted the Provost's invitation to serve as Acting Dean.

I am pleased to share these comments from Chuck and Kent.

“My goal, and I believe that of the entire leadership team, is to make the College the best it can be, and to make the job opening for new permanent dean as attractive as it can be made. I am looking forward to working with the faculty of the College of Business to help secure our future during these challenging times.” – Chuck Mason

 “I’m extremely excited to be joining the COB leadership team for the next two years! Like most marketers today, I’m all about the experience of our clients as they encounter the service we offer. How can we optimize “The COB Experience” for our students, our faculty, and other stakeholders in our environment? Assessment, accreditation, and teaching effectiveness all have the potential to enhance that experience, and I look forward to working with you in these areas.” – Kent Drummond

I look forward to working with Chuck and Kent and the three of us are really very excited about having the opportunity to work with the Provost appointed COB Faculty Advisory Committee.  We thank the advisory committee members, who were nominated by their Department Chairs and invited to serve by the Provost, for their service to the College during this upcoming academic year.  As representatives from all disciplines, the committee will provide important input and advice to the COB Leadership Team. In the long-run, this committee will be instrumental in guiding the future of the college building a powerful shared governance system.

It will be an exciting year of progress, including developing the College's next strategic plan. I and the COB Leadership Team looks forward to the assistance and support of the college's many alumni, donors, and friends, particularly the leaders who so generously serve on the College's Advisory Board. Your support is key not just to recruiting and hiring the next Dean, but to the long-run high performance of the college, its departments and its programs in support of students and their families in building a better Wyoming. Thank you and all the best.


David L Chicoine, Ph.D.

Interim Dean Designate

David Chicoine

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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