T he University of Colorado on Wednesday announced two finalists who are being considered for the dean position at the Leeds School of Business.
David Ikenberry, associate dean of the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Kenneth Kavajecz, associate dean for full-time masters programs and associate dean for the undergraduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, are in the running for the position, which is expected to be filled this spring.
William Kaempfer, chair of the search committee and vice provost and associate vice chancellor at CU, said both candidates have the experience and leadership needed to run the Leeds school.
“I think we’re looking for strong leadership skills, strong entrepreneurial skills and someone who works well with all constituencies — students, faculty and administration alike,” Kaempfer said.
Ikenberry has also held faculty and administrative positions at Rice University and the University of Washington. He was named as one of the best instructors in the nation by Business Week in 2002.
Kavajecz worked with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System’s Division of Monetary Affairs and held faculty and administrative positions at Northwestern University and the University of Pennsylvania. He received teaching awards at both schools.
Kaempfer said the committee, including 11 members of the Leeds community, is interested in the experience both candidates have with quality executive education programs. These programs would offer graduate degrees working in partnership with specific firms, something Leeds would like to expand on upon the hiring of a new dean, he said.
The search committee has been looking at a pool of about 50 candidates since February. Kaempfer said he feels confident in both candidates and expects the committee to make a decision before commencement in May.
Former Leeds Dean Dennis Ahlburg accepted the job as president at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, last fall. Former Senior Associate Dean Manuel Laguna is currently serving as interim dean.