Ajay Menon, Ph.D.
Professor of Marketing and Dean
Dr. Ajay Menon is Dean of the Colorado State University College of Business and
Chief Innovation Officer for the State of Colorado.
As Dean of the Colorado State University College of Business, Dr. Menon provides
strategic direction for the college. His responsibilities on behalf of the college
include: providing leadership; developing and maintaining relationships with all
external stakeholders; obtaining financial resources for the college to achieve
its vision for success; and broad oversight of the college's senior management.
In November 2011, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced the launch of the
Colorado Innovation Network (COIN) to promote collaboration among Colorado's
private, public and academic organizations and the appointment of Dr. Ajay Menon
as the state's first Chief Innovation Officer. In that role, Dr. Menon is leading
COIN to develop an eco-system in Colorado that cultivates entrepreneurial and innovative
activities. Dr. Menon volunteers his time for the state in addition to his full-time
job as Dean of the College of Business at Colorado State University.
Dr. 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 discussion
round-tables on these and related topics at national and international forums. Dr.
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." Dr. 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
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
Sanjay Ramchander, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
Sanjay Ramchander is Professor of Finance and Interim Associate Dean-Academic Affairs
in the College of Business at Colorado State University. Sanjay is trained in the
areas of accounting, economics and finance having earned degrees from universities
in India and the U.S. He also holds the CFA professional designation. Sanjay’s scholarship
interests are broadly at the intersection of asset pricing and macroeconomic fundamentals.
His research seeks to verify theories related to the discovery, formation, transmission,
and informational efficiency of asset prices in financial markets. His empirical
work, which is published in leading academic journals in the discipline, examines
diverse asset classes such as equities, bonds, currencies, commodities, derivatives,
and real estate. Sanjay’s teaching is informed and inspired by his research. He
enjoys teaching all levels and topics in finance but is particularly enthusiastic
about business valuation and international finance. He has taught at various domestic
and international universities, and is the recipient of several awards and honors
including the prestigious Fulbright-Nehru scholarship jointly sponsored by the U.S.
and Indian governments.
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Senior Associate Dean
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
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
Assistant to the Dean for Budgets and Financial
MacQuiddy is responsible 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
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.
Director of Development
Shandi Pettine grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado. She was recruited to play volleyball
for the Nebraska Cornhuskers where she received both a BS in Business Administration
with concentrations in finance and marketing and a MBA. She spent the first half
of her career in finance and accounting doing due diligence for a law firm specializing
in mergers & acquisitions and IPO's. Loving the relationship-building part
of those experiences, she moved jobs into sales and donor development for Nebraska
Educational Telecommunications, an affiliate for the University for Nebraska broadcasting
PBS and NPR statewide as well as Foundation development. The organization had relied
predominantly on federal and state funding. Shandi quickly grew annual private support
to more than $2 million and forged corporate partnerships that created new opportunities
for continued revenue growth. During her tenure, NET completed a $25 million endowment
campaign. In 2013, she returned to Fort Collins and joined the College of Business.
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.
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.
Human Resources Manager
Carolyn Haack joined the administration in March 2013 as the Human Resources
Manager for the COB. Prior to joining CSU, Carolyn was in Human Resources in the
private sector for over 12 years, holding various progressive roles in the financial
and insurance industries. Her most recent role was as HR Business Partner for Marsh,
Inc. based in Chicago, IL. Carolyn is tasked with managing the new human resources
function, including performance management, employee relations, and ongoing employee
development. Carolyn graduated with a BS in Organizational Behavior from Northwestern
University. You can contact Carolyn or another member of the College of Business
HR team at firstname.lastname@example.org