Colorado State University Appoints Economic Development Leader as Director of Executive Mba Program

A former Colorado economic development leader has been named director of the Executive MBA program at Colorado State University. John J. Reardon began his duties this month.

As part of directing the College of Business’ executive education programs, Reardon will lead executive training and customized programs for business, industry and government at the Denver Executive Center. He also will organize international missions in order to expand the global aspects of the current program.

"John’s international business and economic development experience will be an extraordinary benefit to the Executive MBA program at Colorado State," said Dan Costello, dean of the College of Business. "With his skills, knowledge and global expertise, our students – who include experienced managers and administrators – will be well prepared to succeed in the national and international business communities." Reardon served as the CEO of the Douglas County and Southeast Denver Economic Council from its inception in 1984 to1990, when he took over as CEO for Boulder County and City of Longmont Economic Development Association. An original founding member of the Metro Denver Network and the Denver World Trade Association, Reardon has served on a number of state and local business service committees across Colorado’s Front Range.

From 1994 to 1998, Reardon was director of Global Operations for the International Development Research Council in Atlanta. His leadership provided research, education, executive networking and team building services to 2,000 senior corporate-level executives. During Reardon’s tenure, executive global membership expanded by 40 percent and included the addition of 27 new countries across several continents.