Peter Sherman, a Western Colorado University dean, decided four and half years ago that the outdoor industry needed some more leaders and that Western was the school for the job. In collaboration with Luis Benitez, Colorado's outdoor industry chief, Western State has become the first University to offer an Outdoor Industry MBA. "We developed this whole program from the ground up and we need people that can keep working but continue pursuing an education," Sherman said. (Nina Riggio, Special to The Colorado Sun)

Colorado’s first-in-the-nation outdoor MBA program is hitting its stride just as the industry needs it to

When Western Colorado University took the leap in 2018, it hoped to register six students — maybe even 10 — to the outdoor MBA program. They enlisted 23.

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Campaign to recall Colorado Senate President Leroy Garcia fails, decides not to turn in all of its signatures

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