William C. (Curt) Hunter
William C. (Curt) Hunter's tenure as dean was marked by many achievements.
After a two-year process, a new career-focused, Full-time MBA Program was implemented during the 2009-10 academic year. The cornerstones of the new curriculum are three career-focused academies—Marketing, Finance, and Strategic Innovation—and a new curriculum invigorated with a focus on leadership, experiential learning, global perspectives, social responsibility, and ethics that will better prepare students for success in the marketplace. The program also launched the Business Solutions Center, which provides expanded experiential learning opportunities for students and simultaneously provides their clients in the state, region, and the nation with insightful solutions and strategies to effectively deal with their complex business challenges.
The college expanded its global footprint with a new MBA program in Asolo, Italy, and the Consortium of Universities for International Studies (CUIS) Study Abroad Program in Paderno del Grappa, Italy.
Steep growth in the demand for the undergraduate business major led to the establishment of a tuition supplement for juniors and seniors. Revenue from the supplement supports increased advising services as well as expanded course offerings in high-demand majors such as finance, accounting, and marketing. About 15 percent of the supplement is set aside for financial aid for Tippie students.
A new online bachelor's degree in business management began in the fall of 2011, offered to students across the state. The online BBA, with a concentration in entrepreneurial management, is taught by faculty who have designed courses to meet the needs of traditional students and working professionals.
The college also began branding efforts—The Power of I—in which the three principles of integrity, innovation, and impact are promoted and upon which academic programs are based.
In 2008, the college celebrated 150 years of business education. More than 40,000 students have graduated from the college during its long history. As a result of its remarkable history the college is today one of the top-ranked, best-value business programs in the country. It has come to be an innovator in business education, preparing future leaders with the business skills and ethics necessary to succeed in an ever-changing business environment.