Ken Petersen DeanBoise State University is a high-growth comprehensive university home to approximately 24,000 students, 728 full-time faculty, and 1,500 full-time staff. The Carnegie Basic Classification of Boise State University is “Doctoral University: Moderate Research Activity.”

In 2015, President Obama visited Boise State University and nicely summarized Boise State in an address to the faculty, staff, and students:


“Here at Boise State innovation is a culture  that you’re building and you’re also partnering with companies to do two things – you help students graduate with skills that employers are looking for, and you help employees pick up the skills they need to advance on the job … it’s contributing to the economic development of the city and the state, as well as being good for the students.”

The College of Business and Economics (COBE) at Boise State University is a high-growth enterprise (17% credit hour growth since June of 2014) home to approximately 4,000 students, 65 faculty, and 80 staff. COBE offers a full range of academic degree programs at the undergraduate, masters, and minor levels. COBE operates on an incentive-based budget (Responsibility Center Management, RCM) of approximately $14M in recurring funding and maintains a strategic reserve of approximately $2M. The college resides in the state-of-the-art Micron Business Building, which was completed in 2013. As the Dean of the College of Business and Economics, I am chief academic officer for the college; I also oversee our NIST/MEP-supported manufacturing consulting group (TechHelp); our statewide Small Business Development Center network; a 38,000-sq. ft. business incubator; and the most advanced new product development/rapid prototyping lab in the state (President Obama came to Boise State University specifically to tour this lab in 2015). In addition, I am a member of the university’s leadership team, and in this capacity, I support key university strategic priorities, including significant work on the university’s new incentivized budget, significant engagement with the business community, participation in the hiring of key leaders, and participation/leadership in the development of key policies, business processes, and business systems.