Tim Jares, of Northern Colorado, new UNK Business and Technology dean

“I’ve known about UNK’s strong academic reputation for years. …  UNK’s mission and culture fit exceptionally well with my background and my professional goals.” – Tim Jares

KEARNEY – Following a national search, Tim Jares has been selected as dean of the College of Business and Technology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Jares is currently Chair and Professor of Finance at the University of Northern Colorado’s Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business. Pending approval by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents, Jares will begin at UNK this summer. The announcement was made today by UNK Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Charlie Bicak.

Tim Jares
Tim Jares

Jares joined Northern Colorado in 2001 and progressed through the ranks in the Department of Finance in the Monfort College. He served as interim college dean in 2007-08, and during that time his focus on relationships and fundraising led to an 82 percent faculty/staff participation rate and more than doubled the level of pledges and gifts to the college. He served as assistant, then associate dean in 2002-07, with budgetary oversight as a primary responsibility. His contributions to organizational focus and evidence-based decision making played a key role in Monfort College’s recognition as the first and only college of business to earn the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Jares earned numerous awards including the Monfort College Professor of the Year and the University’s Teaching Excellence in Undergraduate Education Award. He has published research and written book chapters, presented and given numerous addresses and presentations on business school management, financial management and services, accreditation, and performance excellence.

Prior to joining Northern Colorado, Jares was assistant professor of finance at the University of North Florida, after being an instructor of finance and graduate research assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

During his appointments he has advised and consulted with numerous organizations on investment policy and portfolios, academic performance excellence, business valuations, and technical consulting. Prior to graduate school, Jares was a software engineer, primarily in the defense industry.

He earned a Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute, a Ph.D. and Master of Business Administration both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a bachelor’s in mathematics and computer science from the University of South Dakota.

“I’ve known about UNK’s strong academic reputation for years, but as the search process continued and I learned more about the university and the College of Business and Technology, I became more convinced that UNK’s mission and culture fit exceptionally well with my background and my professional goals,” Jares said. “I have always emphasized experiential learning activities in my courses, something UNK has made a priority and executes extremely well.

“My professional and academic experiences in both business and technology fit well with the relatively broad mission of the College of Business and Technology. I’m very optimistic about what we can accomplish and look forward to working with my UNK colleagues to help our students pursue their dreams.”

College of Business and Technology Dean Tim Burkink has served in that capacity since 2008, and he recently received the additional appointment as director of the Office of International Education. Upon Jares’ arrival, Burkink will transition to direct International Education full-time.