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Bill Daniels Chair of Ethics

Kent Noble is the Bill Daniels Chair of Business Ethics at the University of Wyoming College of Business. Kent has a rich background in higher education, college athletics, and the television/film industry, as well as a passion for working with college students and business/community leaders on a local and national level.

As the Bill Daniels Chair of Business Ethics, Kent’s responsibilities include:

  • Working with undergraduate and graduate students
  • Serving as a resource for Wyoming businesses and the state’s community colleges
  • Developing nationwide visibility for UW’s business ethics initiatives
  • Representing the College of Business in the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Consortium

In 2018, Kent received the Professor of the Year distinction at the University of Wyoming College of Business. The annual award is selected by students in their graduating semester and goes to the faculty member who had the largest impact on them during their collegiate career. Also in 2018, Kent received the Campus Being a Difference Award by the NASBA Center for the Public Trust.

Kent was appointed by former Governor Matt Mead to the Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics in 2018. He also currently serves on the board of directors of the John P. Ellbogen Foundation and the Better Business Bureau Foundation Board of Advisors.

For his outreach efforts, Kent has developed a series of engaging ethics presentations which he delivers to diverse audiences.  To date, he has conducted more than 350 sessions for business, government, and community leaders. In total, participants representing all 50 states have enjoyed his talks. The following link will take you to Kent’s TEDx Talk from 2019.

Kent Noble presentation.

This is Kent’s second stint with the University of Wyoming College of Business.  Previously, he served as the Assistant Dean for External Relations.  In this role, Kent teamed with former Dean Brent Hathaway to raise approximately $25 million for the College of Business, including matching dollars. 

Kent’s first professional connection to the University of Wyoming was in the UW Athletics Department.  As the Senior Associate Athletics Director, he secured a multi-million dollar agreement to outsource the department’s media rights; negotiated a seven-figure naming-rights commitment for its multi-use facility; increased gross revenue from corporate sales by more than 50%, while net revenue increased in excess of 100%; and chaired an effort to ensure compliance with the NCAA’s mandated attendance policy for Division IA football programs.

Prior to joining the University of Wyoming, Kent had a career in the television/film industry which included two entrepreneurial ventures:

  • Safari Network, a representation agency for filmmakers where he successfully negotiated a seven-figure sale of stock footage to United News & Media in the UK. He also conceptualized and negotiated a multi-million dollar agreement with Turner Broadcasting and NHK/Japanese Broadcasting for 6 one-hour television specials.
  • Television Marketing Consultants, a company he cofounded that handled the domestic distribution of animation for Hanna-Barbera Productions and Worldvision Enterprises. Properties included the Jetsons, Smurfs, Rambo, the Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera, and Jonny Quest.

Kent earned his B.S. degree in Broadcasting at the University of Wyoming.  He and his wife, Leslie, have three school-aged children, Lindsey, Tate, and Ella.

Kent’s personal principles to live by:

  • Remember, at the end of the day, it’s all about God, family, and friends.
  • Figure out why you’re here—then go get it done. 
  • Effort and attitude can trump intelligence, but nothing trumps integrity. 
  • Make the room better when you enter it.
  • Find the humor and share it. 
  • Live each moment like your kids are watching. 
  • Don’t make it more difficult than it really is.
  • Strive for win-win situations.
  • Bet on those who buy into the “half-full” theory. 
  • Some things matter, some things don’t—don’t confuse the two.
  • All it takes is all you’ve got.
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