A Message from the Dean

At the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, our purpose is to be a career accelerator for our students and an engine of growth for our community, our state, our nation, and the world. This means, first and foremost, that we are student-centered in all we do.

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.

In 2007, along with his incredible gift to our school, Jon Huntsman issued a challenge to us to produce students who can compete with the best and brightest anywhere in the world.

Over the past few years, our students have been named as Boren Scholars, Fulbright Scholars, Goldwater Scholars, recipients of the Elijah Watt Sells Award, and closer to campus, USU Man of the Year for the past three years in a row, USU Woman of the Year, USU Scholar of the Year, the Bill Robbins Memorial Award, Whitesides Scholar Athlete of the Year , and national champions in an MIS competition. Just recently, Lars Peter Hansen, who got his start studying economics at the Huntsman School, received the 2013 Nobel Laureate in Economics.

Some of our students have gone on to prestigious graduate programs at Columbia University, Stanford University, Yale University, and the like. Other students 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.

Recently we broke ground for Huntsman Hall, a student-centered building that will be 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 this Fall, and plan to unveil another named center focused on student success in the coming months.

The great students and 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, slated for completion in Fall, 2015, 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 daring mighty things 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 Professor