Message from the Dean

Tim Jares

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

A year ago, I shared with you a strong sense of optimism, despite the challenges we faced following a devastating 2019 Kearney flood and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  Thanks to an agile, hard-working faculty and staff, and great patience and cooperation from our students, I can honestly say we had a strong and productive 2020-21 academic year.  More importantly, we are poised to enter the 2021-22 academic year with unmistakable positive momentum. As fully engaged stakeholders and leaders, our student ambassadors recently suggested that our tagline for 2021-22 should be “Challenging the Ordinary.”  Please join our challenge!

Last fall we moved into the state-of-the-art Discovery Hall.  Protocols in place to protect our faculty, staff, students, as well as all UNK stakeholders, meant the facility would require some temporary adjustments for social distancing.  We also required masks on campus last year, and with these precautions we were able to offer the majority of our classes on campus and face-to-face when most campuses remained reliant on remote learning.  Thanks to all for making this possible. This fall Discovery Hall will look like it was designed – the awkward and dated flip-top desks that helped us social distance have been removed and replaced with tables and comfortable chairs.

Conservative, smart financial planning along with some calculated risks has also enabled us to invest in people and infrastructure when others could not or would not. CBT will be welcoming twelve new faculty this fall. While we will miss some long-time, loved faculty, the influx of new talent is creating a palpable energy in CBT.  Please watch for articles telling the stories of this diverse, impressive cadre of new faculty. Through generous administrative and donor support, an investment in West Center created a “student union” area for west campus that is sure to be a gathering space for students, staff, and faculty. We have also invested in our classrooms, partnering with external stakeholders who see the value in our programs and particularly our graduates.  The Hausmann Construction Estimating / Scheduling Lab is our first sponsored classroom providing students a one-of-a-kind, hands-on opportunity to view plans and photographic examples of previous and on-going Hausmann construction projects.

CBT continues to be laser focused on providing student-centered, experiential learning opportunities that prepare our students for a seamless transition into their first job, yet also providing the foundation they will use as life-long learners throughout their careers.

With all these good things happening at CBT, it should not come as a surprise to tell you that this fall, we will welcome the largest first-time freshman class in at least a decade – more than 200 students in CBT alone, up over 40% from two years ago.  Overall CBT enrollment will exceed 300, more than 20% above two years ago and the largest in at least a decade.

My friends, I think you can see why I was so optimistic last year. 

On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students, I want to extend a personal thanks to all of you that continue to help us on this journey. Your investments of time and money are making a difference. As always, we appreciate your support.

 

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Timothy E. Jares 

Dean, UNK College of Business and Technology

 

 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 design, 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.