Ajay Menon, Ph.D.
Professor of Marketing and Dean
As Dean of the College of Business, Ajay Menon provides strategic direction for the College of Business. His responsibilities include: providing leadership for the College of Business; developing and maintaining relationships with all external stakeholders of the College; obtaining financial resources for the College to achieve its vision for success; broad oversight of the senior management of the College.
Menon holds a Ph.D. in Marketing and has been on the Marketing Department faculty since 1991. His teaching and research expertise lie in the areas of International Marketing, New Product Development & Management and Strategic Market Planning. His research interests focus in the areas of customer loyalty, new product management, and strategy implementation. He has coordinated and participated in several round-table discussions on these and related topics at national and international forums. Menon’s research has appeared in the leading marketing and business journals. In addition, he has received several recognitions for his classroom teaching, including being named "Professor of the Year." Menon has been a consultant to several leading companies in Colorado.
Executive Assistant to the Dean
Karin Cowles joined the Office of the Dean in May 2008 as Executive Assistant to Dean Menon and is responsible for handling the Dean’s calendar, travel and special projects. Her prior experience includes administrative and support roles in law firms and international corporations. You can contact Karin at 970-491-2398 or Karin.Cowles@business.colostate.edu
John Hoxmeier, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Academic Programs
John Hoxmeier is the Associate Dean of Academic Programs and an Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems. Hoxmeier is responsible for undergraduate and graduate programs including the BSBA, the MSBA in Finance and Computer Information Systems, the Executive MBA, the GSSE MBA, Professional and online MBA, and the Master of Management Practice. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado-Boulder where his research included collaborative and group support systems. A Colorado State University alumnus, Hoxmeier received an MS from Colorado State University and a BS in business administration from the University of Nebraska. He worked in industry for 15 years prior to joining the faculty at Colorado State. He completed a Faculty Fellowship at Cranfield University in the UK and is a Service Learning Fellow at CSU. Hoxmeier's teaching and research includes data modeling, database design, information quality, and system response time. He has published in many IT and business journals including the Journal of Management Information Systems
, Journal of Organizational and End User Computing
, Journal of Business and Management
, Business Process Management Journal
, Software Quality Journal
and Journal of Applied Management Studies
Daniel Ganster, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Administration
Daniel C. Ganster (Ph.D. Purdue University) is the Associate Dean for Administration for the College of Business at Colorado State University. He joined the faculty of CSU in June 2009, and previously was on the faculty at the University of Arkansas and the University of Nebraska. His research broadly concerns the impact of work life experiences on the mental and physical well being of organizational members. His goal is to help organizations become both more productive and supportive of worker health and well being. He is on the editorial review boards of the Academy of Management Journal
, Journal of Applied Psychology
, Journal of Management
, and the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology
. He previously served on the boards of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
, Journal of Organizational Behavior
and Stress and Health
. Dr. Ganster also served as a member of the Behavioral Sciences Research Review Committee for the National Institute of Mental Health. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and Dillard’s, Inc. He co-edited the series Research in Occupational Stress and Well Being
, whose ninth volume came out in 2011. In 2006 he was elected to membership in the Society for Organizational Behavior.
Pam Johannsen is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and has been with Colorado State University for decades! As a program assistant, Pam works closely with Dean Menon and the associate deans on programmatic issues and on scheduling and coordinating calendars and travel. She is responsible for coordinating the college’s undergraduate commencement ceremonies, Dean’s List, honors and awards luncheons, special events, Rockwell room scheduling, and works with other staff on college scholarships. Johannsen is the Rockwell Hall building proctor as well as the Equal Opportunity Officer for the college. Her depth of institutional knowledge is invaluable in referring students to the appropriate office for assistance and in helping students solve problems. You can contact Pam at 970-491-1499 or Pam.Johannsen@colostate.edu
Assistant to the Dean for Budgets and Financial Management
MacQuiddy is r
esponsible for assisting the dean with developing, implementing and monitoring the College of Business budget.
Director of Financial Planning and Analysis
Dineen is a former MBA student and former VP of Finance at CSU. Since 1995, she has held the roles of University Tax Manager, Director of Business and Financial Services, and University Controller. Most recently, Allison was the Director of Business Services for CSU Health Networks where she is credited with organizing the financial planning process and undertaking financial analysis of the various programs and services delivered by the network.
Accounting Technician for the College of Business
Bartsch is responsible for payroll and financial reporting. She is the assistant to the Budget and Financial manager.
Executive Director of Development
Audra Brickner joined the College of Business in March 2013 after seven years as Director of Development in the College of Engineering at Colorado State University. Prior to joining CSU, Audra was the Director of Development for the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, and previous to that Director of the Purdue Telefund. Audra brings a wealth of fundraising experience to the College and enjoys working with donors to achieve their philanthropic goals. As a two-time graduate of a land-grant university, she values quality, accessible public education and is committed to ensuring that future generations of students have similar opportunities afforded previous generations. During her time in the College of Engineering, the school was able to exceed their campaign goals and impact the lives of students and faculty through the formation of new scholarships, endowed professorships and two new facilities totaling more than $120M in private support. Audra is active in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and serves as a speaker and educator to others in the profession.
Director of Development
Erik Olson joined the College of Business on January 15, 2008. A former defensive back for the Rams who was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2000, Erik always remained connected to Colorado State University. After leaving the NFL, Erik returned to Colorado State to build on his bachelor’s degree in business administration and computer information systems (CIS) by earning his CIS master’s in 2004. While pursuing his master’s, Erik kept his ties to the Rams with live game analysis and post-game interviews with coaches and players, as well as a weekly column, “Keys to Victory,” at RamNation.com that ran until 2007. During this time he also opened a Cold Stone Creamery franchise. Erik developed strategies that brought the store into the top 10 nationwide and to a first place in total sales and gross profits statewide during its first five years. After leaving the franchise, Erik used personal capital in 2003 to purchase Uptown Liquors, creating a niche market in high-end wine management and delivery. Most recently, Erik helped jumpstart CRUNK!!!, an energy drink company developed by the late Sidney Frank. Erik managed the Midwest territory and handled key relationships with ambassadors of the brand. During more than four years at CRUNK!!!, Erik helped make CRUNK!!! one of the best selling energy drinks in the country.
Associate Director of Development Operations
Mary Zenzen joined the Office of Development in the fall of 2011 as associate director of development operations, and is responsible for cultivating engagement opportunities for alumni, donors, and friends of the College. She received her MBA from Colorado State in 2011.
Assistant to the Director of Development
Jennifer Ivan is responsible for handling the Director’s calendar, travel and special projects. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana and her MBA in project management from Colorado Christian University.