CU business school’s capital markets program gets $3.7M boost

BOULDER — The Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder has received $3.7 million in donations to support the school’s Hernando de Soto Capital Markets Program.

The de Soto Capital Markets Program is a course that explores property rights, social responsibility and ethics, entrepreneurship, trade and the rule of law and their influences on global markets both in advanced and emerging economies, including the work of Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto.

The donations will be used to hire tenure- and nontenure-track faculty for the program.

Donors include the El Pomar Foundation of Colorado Springs, the Charles Koch Foundation and longtime CU Boulder supporters George Solich, through his foundation The Solich Fund, and Buz and Sherri Koelbel. George Solich and Buz Koelbel are Leeds alumni.  

Previously, CU Boulder alumni William and Jane Reynolds funded an initial endowment of a little more than $2 million and an additional $1.2 million over three years in operating funds. To date, the program has received $6.9 million in support.

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