Brent Chrite announced Sept. 13 that he will step down as dean of the Daniels College of Business in June 2019, after five years of serving in the role. In accepting his resignation, Chancellor Rebecca Chopp noted that under Chrite’s leadership, the College expanded its international reach, and introduced an Executive PhD program, as well as refining the Denver MBA and M.S. in Management. Most recently, the College launched the online MBA@Denver program through a partnership with 2U. Chrite has been actively engaged in the University on such topics as online learning, innovation and internationalism.
“It has been a tremendous privilege to serve as dean of the Daniels College of Business,” said Chrite. “The faculty, staff and students are extraordinary and our alumni community, advisory board members and corporate partners have been inspiring and generous.”
Under his direction the College launched the Center for Consumer Insights and Business Innovation Center (CIBIC) which explores human behavior and its impact on market offerings, introduced new, technical certifications and offerings to enhance the College’s undergraduate programs, in addition to expanding industry partners and connecting to the community as a member of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.
“Brent is an outstanding leader in the business community and has expanded DU’s industry partners in meaningful ways,” said Chopp. “He brought a great vision and energy for enhancing the programs at Daniels over the past four years including creating new spaces and approaches to pedagogy like a new graduate studio to allow for greater engagement across our populations. He has also been responsible for innovative approaches at the College that encourage experiential and active learning.”
During his final year at the College, Chrite will guide and prepare the College for its accreditation, which will take place in fall 2019.
“The Daniels College has been a household name in the business community for many years,” said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Jeremy Haefner. “Brent can be credited for building upon that recognition and increasing the impact of our programs. Throughout the coming year the College will prepare for accreditation, joining other major business programs across the globe by advancing standards of research and business practices.”
Chrite came to the University in 2014 after serving as dean and professor of management and international business for four years at Montclair State University.
Over the coming weeks the University will identify a search committee and begin the process of finding the University’s next dean of the Daniels College of Business.