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Dean's Message

At the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, our purpose is to be an engine of growth for our community, the state, the nation, and the world, and to enable our students to lead lives of meaning and contribution. Our strategic objective is to become the premier undergraduate business and economics program in the Intermountain West.

To that end, we are building a school that attracts the best and brightest students, creating a rigorous, collaborative, and entrepreneurial student experience, and engaging the entire Huntsman School community of faculty, staff, alumni, and friends, to establish a brand of excellence.

Over the past ten years, our students have received national recognition for academic excellence, including the Boren, Goldwater, and Truman Scholarships, and the Elijah Watt Sells Award.

Closer to campus, our students have received the USU Scholar of the Year, USU Man of the Year, USU Woman of the Year, Bill Robins Memorial Award, and Whitesides Scholar Athlete of the Year Award numerous times.

They have gone on to prestigious graduate programs at Harvard University, Oxford University, Columbia University, Stanford University, Yale University, and the like. They have begun meaningful careers with Fortune 100 companies like Deloitte, Disney, General Mills, Goldman Sachs, and Honeywell. And others have founded non-profit organizations to bring education to the poorest children in India or to provide access to books to needy children closer to home in Utah.

To enable the learning inside the classroom and expand the opportunities outside the classroom, we have also brought aboard faculty from renowned universities such as Northwestern, Notre Dame, MIT, Oxford, Stanford, Texas, and Vanderbilt, and practitioners from leading accounting firms, investment banks, and Fortune 100 companies. Our School of Accountancy and our Master of Human Resources Program are nationally ranked.

Our great students, faculty, and staff, are supported by our tremendous alumni and friends, including 2013 Economics Nobel Laureate Lars Peter Hansen, who got his start studying economics at USU; Deloitte CEO Jim Quigley, who studied accounting here; NFL Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen, who studied finance, and Nike Brand President Charlie Denson, who studied marketing; and many, many, others. They are an active and engaged component of the Huntsman School community.

This community calls as its home our new student-focused building, Huntsman Hall, which opened in March 2016. Huntsman Hall is as important for its symbolic value as it is for its 21 new classrooms and 21 new student meeting rooms. 

The great students, faculty, the world-class programs such as our Huntsman Scholar Honors Program or the Small Enterprise Education and Development (SEED) Program, and our new building, are complemented by the fantastic campus of Utah State University and the amazing atmosphere of Cache Valley, consistently ranked among the best campuses and best small communities in the nation. I am convinced that no other environment is more conducive for academic and personal growth than that afforded by USU.

We often state that our motto is to “dare mighty things.” I hope that as you look through our website, you will see that we are doing just that and creating a great place to learn and grow and to realize your ambitions.

So whether you’re a student exploring options for further schooling or you’re an employer looking to hire smart, hardworking, highly ethical employees, I urge you to look through our website and better yet, come visit us in beautiful Cache Valley.

Doug Anderson

Douglas D. Anderson
Dean and Jon M. Huntsman Endowed Professor