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Partnering for success

The Daniels College of Business’ mission is to benefit the public good by developing business Pioneers through impactful scholarship, challenge-driven education, and lifelong learning. The Executives/Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) programs further these goals by inviting executives at the forefront of business and entrepreneurs that are driving toward emerging opportunities business to share their experience and insights with our students, faculty and the College leadership.

Program Benefits

Daniels Executives and Entrepreneurs in Residence programs seek to encourage meaningful engagement in the life of the College by senior executives and emerging business leaders and innovators whose perspective can shape and add value to students, faculty, staff, College leadership and departments within Daniels. Activities include:

  • One-on-one student career advising
  • Guest lecturing and participation in industry panels
  • Case writing and/or competition judging
  • Advise student organizations in area of expertise
  • Participate in advisory boards for College leadership

Participant Benefits

The benefits for a participating executive or entrepreneur are multi-faceted, tangible and long lasting. Participants are associated with a nationally-ranked business school, are provided shared office space on campus and have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the students and faculty.

Eligibility Criteria

EIRs can be working, semi-retired or retired executives, or successful business owners who are recognized as significant leaders within their industries and meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Minimum of 20 years of increasing responsibility and acknowledged success in a specific industry or a demonstrated history of substantive entrepreneurial endeavors that can include founding, investing or funding of start-up ventures, operational and strategic leadership resulting in successful liquidity exits.
  • Prior experience with business schools or universities including: teaching, writing, consulting, guest speaking and research.
  • Previous mentoring experience and willingness to assist students and faculty with networking opportunities.
  • Availability for one to three quarters during the academic year for significant interaction with students and faculty.


Selection Process

EIRs are appointed by the Dean after being nominated by College departments and screened by a selection committee.

  1. Nomination by a member of the Daniels College of Business faculty or administration.
  2. Letter of intent from the nominated EIR.
  3. Candidates must be available from one to three quarters during the academic year for significant interaction with students and faculty.
  4. Final appointment approved and delivered by the Dean of the College.


Upon selection, the EIR is assigned to a sponsoring academic department/school or academic area. The sponsor:

  • Provides a letter of agreement detailing the EIR’s interests and the College needs related to the EIR’s background.
  • EIR candidates are assigned to a sponsoring department.
  • Sponsoring department prepares MOU and it is signed by the EIR candidate.
  • Introduces the EIR to select student groups, faculty, and staff.
  • Engages the EIR in upcoming programs, advisory boards, research programs, corporate engagement initiatives, career programs and departments, academic programs, centers or schools within Daniels.

EIRs are provided with shared office space and computer access while on campus, including assignment of a DU email address, phone number and business cards. EIRs are invited to College and University events as appropriate. Routine office supplies and modest expenses are covered by the College, but no salary is offered.


To learn more about the Executive and Entrepreneur in Residence programs, please contact:

Daniels Career Services
+1 303.871.3911

Current Executives in Residence

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Former CEO and Chairman, Evolving Systems
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Retired CEO, Stout Street Hospitality; Daniels Alumna
Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management
Former Vice President, Enterprise Intelligence
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Senior Manager, Accenture
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Director, Peabody Natural Gas, LLC
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Founder & CEO, CityCraft® Ventures, LLC
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Principal, Alvarez & Marsal
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Entrepreneur in Residence; Adjunct Faculty
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Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management
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President & Founder, Mile High Development LLC
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