Changes at Deming as director retires

BOULDER – The leader is on the way out and restructuring is on the way in at the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship.

Executive director Paul Jerde will retire June 7 after nine years at the helm of the Deming Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

Jerde is credited with expanding the center’s community base and student programs, and helping the business school program achieve national recognition. The center’s mission, according to its website, is to prepare Leeds graduates “by equipping them to think like entrepreneurs, act as social innovators and deliver as successful business leaders.”

In a letter sent in March to the center’s staff, Leeds dean David Ikenberry and Deming Center executive board chairman Cindy Carillo wrote that Jerde’s “departure and changes in the Leeds School’s administrative approach to the student experience provide a timely opportunity to reformulate the Deming Center’s approach to the support it provides to students, the university and to the entrepreneurship community.”

As part of the new approach, which the letter refers to as “Deming 2.0,” the positions of executive director and academic director would be reformed into three posts: director of community engagement and operations, faculty director for student experience and faculty director of research. Professor Sharon Matusik will hold the latter position, while a faculty member will fill the student-experience post. A search committee has been formed and tasked with filling the community-engagement and operations directorship by June.

Because the Leeds School has stepped up its student support services, the letter said, the Deming Center can be freed up to develop a curriculum that is more focused on experiential learning and enhance students’ opportunities for access to world-class entrepreneurs who act as mentors, coaches, and sometimes employers.

Jerde held a number of senior management positions and board seats at private and public companies before coming to the Deming Center. He co-founded Corboy and Jerde LLC, an investment banking firm specializing in private transactions for emerging growth and medium-size businesses in the Rocky Mountain region.

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