Jim Griesemer is professor and dean emeritus at the University of Denver and is the director of DU's Strategic Issues Program, a nonpartisan center that examines key public issues.
From 1994 to 2004 Dr. Griesemer served as dean of the Daniels College of Business. Under his leadership, the College increased its enrollment by 70 percent, quintupled its endowment, constructed new buildings and was recognized by the Wall Street Journal as a top 50 business school and one of the top 10 regional business schools in the U.S.
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. Prior to joining the University he had extensive public service experience. During his years leading city governments he received national and regional awards for excellence. In 1989, was named as the Outstanding Public Administrator in Colorado.
Jim holds bachelor and master's degrees from Northern Illinois University and a doctorate in public administration from the University of Colorado. His academic interests focus on public policy and strategy for non-profit and public organizations. He is the author of two books, seven monographs, and numerous articles. He is a frequent speaker and commentator on public policy issues.
Over the years, Jim has been active in the community, serving on various boards and task forces. He currently serves on the board of trustees at the University of Denver and as a board member of the Daniels Fund. He is a former trustee of Iliff School of Theology, a past member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra board, and chaired the finance committee for a successful infrastructure bond issue program in the City of Denver. Jim and his wife, Carol, live in Denver.