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UNC Names New Business Dean

MCB building and photo of new dean

January 8, 2020

The University of Northern Colorado today announced that Dr. SherRhonda “Sher” Gibbs will become the next dean of the Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business.

Dr. Sher Gibbs
Dr. Sher Gibbs

Gibbs currently serves as interim director of the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Management, the largest school in the College of Business in Hattiesburg, where she holds the Alvin Williams Endowed Chair of Minority Entrepreneurship.

“Dr. Gibbs quickly rose to the top during our months-long national search that drew wide interest throughout the country,” said UNC Provost Dr. Mark Anderson. “It was clear to the committee after she visited campus that she checked all of the boxes we were looking for in the next leader of the college.”

In addition to administrative leadership positions, Gibbs is a serial entrepreneur whose academic experience includes serving on the faculty at Jackson State University and spearheading entrepreneurial initiatives.  She has also held professional positions with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and at IBM.

Her research focuses on entrepreneurship related to recognizing opportunities, social psychological perspectives, and among black and underrepresented minorities. She serves as a faculty fellow for the Direct Selling Education Foundation, senior vice president of Membership for the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and associate editor of Management Decision.

Gibbs earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Jackson State University. She holds an MBA from Winona State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Grambling State University.

“I’m so excited for the opportunity to join the leadership team at the University of Northern Colorado and the Monfort College of Business,” Gibbs said. “MCB has fantastic business programs, great faculty, and outstanding students. I hope to continue the tradition of delivering high quality business education with an emphasis on student retention and success.  

“I believe in President Feinstein’s vision for UNC and will draw from my entrepreneurship background to lead MCB towards achieving that vision.”

Gibbs will begin her new role at UNC in July and succeed Dr. Paul Bobrowski, who retired at the end of the fall semester. In a campus email announcing Gibbs as dean, Provost Anderson thanked Bobrowski for his years of service to UNC and members of the search committee for their involvement.