Dr. Paul McGurr named interim dean of Fort Lewis College School of Business Administration

Dr. Paul McGurr named interim dean of FLC School of Business Administration

Dr. Paul McGurr with one of his students at Fort Lewis College.
Dr. Paul McGurr with one of his students at Fort Lewis College.

Dr. Paul McGurr
Dr. Paul McGurr

Fort Lewis College Provost Dr. Barbara Morris has announced that Dr. Paul McGurr will serve as interim dean for the FLC School of Business Administration. Dr. McGurr takes over for Dr. Doug Lyon, who served as dean since 2011. Dr. Lyon moved to the College’s Office of Advancement, where he works in corporate and community relations.

This is a homecoming for Dr. McGurr, who worked at Fort Lewis College from 2004-2011. He taught a variety of business courses as an associate professor, as well as serving as assistant dean of the school.

After leaving FLC, he worked at Jönköping International Business School in Sweden, where he served as chair of the Department of Accounting and Law and associate dean of education. In addition, he earned the student-chosen Pedagogical Prize as best teacher of 2012. He then joined Bristol University in California, where he served as president for one year and currently teaches online.

Outside of academics, Dr. McGurr has held several senior level financial positions with private sector companies, including working as a manager in the U.S. and the Netherlands for Ernst & Whinney, a professional services company.

“I am excited to return to Fort Lewis College, the School of Business Administration and Durango”, says Dr. McGurr. “SOBA is a quality business school as shown by its 40-year continuous accreditation by AACSB. I look forward to leading the team of faculty, many of whom I have previously worked with, in the quest for continued improvement in our programs. My goal is to build on our strengths to ensure that our graduates are ready to face challenges in the ever more complicated business environment of today and the future.”

Students win when the Fort Lewis College Road Scholars Team races the Iron Horse train

Students win when the FLC Road Scholars Team races the Iron Horse train

Up to 100 alumni, staff, faculty, and friends of Fort Lewis College will combine their love of cycling with helping students, when the Fort Lewis College Road Scholars Team races the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge train from Durango to Silverton in the 2015 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, on Saturday, May 23.

Registration for the Road Scholars team is open now.

The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic brings more than 2,500 riders to Durango every May to race the steam train over the San Juan Mountains to the mining town of Silverton. Since 2011, FLC has sponsored a squad of amateur riders representing the College in the race. The Team is open to any supporter the College, and registration for the 2015 IHBC is now underway on a first-come first-served basis.

A portion of the Road Scholars Team members’ IHBC registration fees — boosted by a contribution from the IHBC — goes to the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic Scholarship Fund, which aids students committed to completing their college degree on schedule.

Sporting specially designed commemorative jerseys, this year’s Road Scholars Team starts at College Avenue and Camino del Rio. After the race, Team riders will be feted at a celebration party. There’s also a Facebook group for Team members, where event updates are posted, training information can be shared, and training rides organized. Check it out at www.facebook.com/groups/FLCRoadScholars.

The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic Scholarship Fund supports the Finish in Four! Program, an agreement first-time freshmen can make with the College that guarantees students access to the classes needed to graduate in four years in exchange for deadline commitments. Participating students work with advisors to develop academic plans that identify critical course sequencing to assure a timely graduation, saving students the time and costs of longer undergraduate careers.

Thanks to the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic Scholarship Fund, students in the program are also eligible for a $500-per-semester scholarship, starting with the second semester, and worth $3,500 over their college careers.

There are two Road Scholars options this year:

>> McDonald’s Citizen Tour: 50 miles from Durango to Silverton.

>> Quarter Horse Tour: 25 miles from Durango to Durango Mountain Resort.

Learn more about the Road Scholars team or register to be a part of it.

Contribute to the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic Scholarship fund.

Find out more about the Finish in Four! program.


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