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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.

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 Scholarship, Fulbright Scholarship, Goldwater Scholarship, Truman Scholarship, and three students have received 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, numerous times.

They have gone on to prestigious graduate programs at Harvard University, Columbia University, Stanford University, Yale University, and the like. They have begun meaningful careers with Fortune 100 companies like Honeywell, Disney, Deloitte, and Goldman Sachs. 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 programs such as Stanford, Chicago, Northwestern, Pepperdine, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, and the University of Texas. Our Economics & Finance Department was awarded with the 2013 Teaching Excellence Award by Utah State University, and our School of Accountancy is ranked # 34 in the nation, out of more than 600 accounting programs.

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 and Nike Brand President Charlie Denson, both of whom studies 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. We also unveiled the Jeffrey Clark Entrepreneurship Center in the fall of 2013, and the FJ Management Center for Student Success in the fall of 2014.

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. 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