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Strategic Issues Program

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Program Staff

James Griesemer

Dr. James Griesemer - Director

Jim Griesemer is professor and dean emeritus at the University of Denver and serves as director of the University's Strategic Issues Program. His background includes extensive public sector executive experience and over 20 years of experience in higher education. During his career he has taught management and strategy at the University of Denver, the University of Colorado and Aurora University in Illinois.

From 1994 to 2004 Dr. Griesemer served as dean of the Daniels College of Business. During his tenure the Daniels College was ranked by the Wall Street Journal as a top 50 business school nationally and as one of the top 10 regional schools in the U.S. The Daniels College business ethics program is ranked as one of the best in the world.

Before becoming dean, Dr. Griesemer served as chief financial officer of the University of Denver, where he helped lead the financial turnaround of the University.

Terry Zdrale

Terry Zdrale  -  Assistant to the Director

Terry Zdrale moved to the Denver area in 2013. She provides administrative and writing support to the program director and attends to day-to-day operations of the Strategic Issues Program office.

Terry’s background is in non-profit management with 28 years executive leadership experience with a multi-service, senior organization in Ohio. She received her B.S. in Business Administration and Organizational Management from Ohio Valley University.