Message from the Dean

Tim Jares

Welcome to UNK’s College of Business and Technology (CBT).

Despite a 100+ year flood that hit Kearney in my second week on campus and an unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic this spring, I am even more optimistic about the future of UNK and CBT than when joined UNK nearly a year ago. It was clear from the minute I set foot on campus that I felt right at home with the surroundings, the friendly, caring faculty and staff, and the down-to-earth students. So what is driving my optimism? I’m glad you asked.

 While many universities claim to be student-centered, UNK walks the walk and CBT takes that commitment to the next level. In CBT our average class size of around 20 means we are focused on you and we will not let your dreams slip through the cracks. Moreover, CBT has long prided itself on ensuring that experiential learning is part of every program for every student. Perhaps many of you have never considered engaging in research with your professors as undergraduate students, but UNK is best-in-class at providing these very opportunities. We know that “learning by doing” leads to higher learning retention as well as providing skills employers demand. We are the school of choice if you are looking for high impact, hands-on, experiential learning in and out of the classroom. 

This fall we open a state-of-the-art building focused on STEM disciplines. The recently named Discovery Hall is the new home to our CBT Technology programs including Computer Science, Cyber Security, Aviation, Construction Management, Interior and Product Design, and Industrial Distribution to name just a few.

CBT graduates enjoy salaries competitive with those earned at any 4-year institution, but our placement rates suggest UNK’s CBT is as close to a sure bet as you’ll find.  Over 95% of our students have found job placements in careers related to the degree they earned! Accounting, Construction Management, Finance, Industrial Distribution, Information Networking, and Supply Chain Management are just some CBT programs which boast 100% placement with median salaries of $50,000/year or more.

 In the end, though, you make the choice to pursue your college education because you are making the single best investment of your life. The cost of a UNK CBT education, in person or online, is a relative bargain, but the real value comes when comparing the return on that investment. We are the school of choice if your goal is to invest in yourself and launch a successful professional career.

Now aren’t you optimistic as well? On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students, I want to extend a personal thanks to all of you who helped make the past year a success for the UNK’s College of Business and Technology.  Your investments of time and money are making a difference. As always, we appreciate your support.

Timothy E. Jares 

Dean, UNK College of Business and Technology

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Dr. Jares joined CBT in 2019, most recently serving as Chair and a Professor of Finance at the University of Northern Colorado’s Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business. His contributions to organizational focus and evidence-based decision-making played a key role in Monfort College’s recognition as the first and only college of business to earn the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

In addition to his work in academics, Dr. Jares has extensive professional experience as a software engineer and consultant in software, investments and performance excellence. Dr. Jares received numerous honors at Northern Colorado, including the Monfort College Professor of the Year and the University’s Teaching Excellence in Undergraduate Education Award.  He has published more than 30 journal articles, proceedings, and book chapters on topics ranging from exchange-traded funds to organizational performance. He has also given numerous presentations and keynote addresses on the Monfort College’s integration of the Baldrige criteria, its use of evidence-based management, and on the results the College achieved.

Dr. Jares earned a Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute, Ph.D. and Master of Business Administration from UNL and Bachelor of Science in mathematics and computer science from the University of South Dakota.