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Professor of the Practice, Stephen Yates Will be Working with International Business Program Students

Stephen YatesStephen Yates, who recently joined the ranks of Professors of the Practice at Boise State University, will bring international business students and policy program students together.

Yates will lead a team in researching, producing and publishing think pieces in leading national media outlets. This effort will include students and will be a partnership between international business in the College of Business and Economics, and policy programs in the School of Public Service.

Working with Yates will be a great experience for our students. Jack Marr, International Business Program director, is excited about the collaboration.

International business students in class

International business class

“We are very happy to be working closely with Steve,” says Marr,  “Steve was the local keynote speaker at the first ever Idaho offering of the US-China Town Hall (nationally keynoted by Dr. Henry Kissinger) last October along with other collaborations. We look forward to many future projects with Steve involving students and the Boise State community.”

Yates appears regularly on think-tank panels and national media interviews, including recent appearances on CNN and Fox Business. As executive director of DC International Advisory, a global advisory firm, Yates frequently travels internationally, particularly in Asia. He is fluent in Mandarin and has lived in Taiwan.

Learn more about Stephen Yates in Boise State’s Update.

Garrett McBrayer Selected as Excellence in Finance Honoree

Garrett McBrayerGarrett McBrayer, assistant professor in the Department of Finance, as been selected as a 2017 Excellence in Finance honoree. The Idaho Business Review’s Excellence in Finance awards program celebrates financial professionals in banking, corporate, investment and professional, whose fiscal accomplishments set a high bar for their company and Idaho’s business economy. Honorees are selected based on leadership, accomplishments and achievement, mentorship and community involvement. Award recipients will be honored at a luncheon August 24 at the Grove Hotel.

McBrayer  joined the College of Business and Economics at Boise State in the fall of 2015. His research specializes in information asymmetry, corporate finance, and investments, with a particular focus on firm transparency and financial contagion. His latest work examines such topics as the spillover valuation effects of credit rating changes on equity markets, the impact of firm transparency on the firm’s cost of capital, and the global integration of financial markets. McBrayer’s research has been featured in academic conferences across the United States. He has been awarded or nominated for multiple honors and awards, such as the Doctoral Academy Fellowship while attending the University of Arkansas.

See the list of Excellence in Finance honorees at

COBE Recognized at United Nations-Supported Global Forum

Taylor Reed at U. N. meeting in New York, accepting COBE award for excellent sustainability reporting The College of Business and Economics at Boise State University was recognized Tuesday, July 18, at the 2017 Global Forum for Responsible Management Education, held at the United Nations (U.N.) in New York City by the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).

The college’s first sustainability report was recognized by PRME, an initiative of the U.N. Global Compact, for excellence in implementing their six principles for responsible business education. The College of Business and Economics was one of only three colleges and universities globally to receive an award for an inaugural report during the reception. Boise State received recognition alongside the Stockholm School of Economics and BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo.

The 2015 sustainability report was compiled by a team of 15 undergraduate and graduate students who researched the college’s material economic, social, and environmental risks and opportunities in order to transparently communicate its impacts on key stakeholders, including students, faculty and the business community. Taylor Reed, the founding MBA graduate assistant for the college’s Responsible Business Initiative, conceptualized the college’s first report and led the student team that produced it. Reed accepted the award on behalf of the College of Business and Economics.

In reporting, the college seeks to role model a leading corporate practice to inspire business and academic peers to follow suit. The college has since launched its second sustainability report in the fall of 2016, and will issue its third report in September. This work is led and funded by the Responsible Business Initiative, a partnership between the College of Business and Economics and Wells Fargo.

Taylor Reed with PRME official

Jonas Haertle Head of PRME UN Global Compact with Taylor Reed

“We create our annual sustainability report with students at the heart, both because they take the lead in researching, analyzing, and reporting on everything you read, and also because educating and inspiring our future leaders on responsibility and sustainability is why we exist and why the faculty and staff come to work every day,” said Ken Petersen, dean of the College of Business and Economics. “This report is also one way that we hold ourselves accountable for our actions and how we demonstrate our leadership in higher education.”

Launched at the 2007 U.N. Global Compact Leaders Summit in Geneva and celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the PRME initiative is the largest organized relationship between the U.N. and business schools with the mission to transform management education, research and thought leadership globally by providing a framework, developing learning communities and promoting awareness about the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.

See COBE’s participation record here and learn more about PRME.

Charlotte Twight’s Article Accepted for Publication 

Charlotte TwightCharlotte Twight, economics professor, had an article, “Passing the Affordable Care Act:  Transaction Costs, Legerdemain, Acquisition of Control” accepted for publication in The Independent Review.

The Independent Review is the acclaimed interdisciplinary journal devoted to the study of political economy and the critical analysis of government policy. 


Janet Mosebach Featured in WalletHub Article

Janet Mosebach, associate professor in the Department of Accountancy,  was featured in a WalletHub story about credit reporting agencies. Read the article titled “Credit Reporting Agencies: Big 3 and Alternative Bureaus” on the WalletHub website.

Nancy Napier’s Latest Blog: A Leadership Characteristic We Could all Use

Nancy Napier, Distinguished Professor, retiredDistinguished Professor Nancy Napier’s new blog, “What Are Your Key Turning Points?,” tells about Nike’s turning points and how much difference they can make. Napier said, “That ability to recognize a choice point, use it, and then make it work? That sounds like a leadership characteristic many of us could use.”

Read Napier’s blog about Nike here.


COBE Alum Krista Lyons Volunteering in Community while Pursuing PhD

Elephants in Amboseli National Park Kenya.

Elephants in Amboseli National Park Kenya.

Semi-retired Professor Dusty Bodie caught up with Boise State University MBA graduate, Krista Lyons. She told Bodie that while she did not end up going into the business sector, the skills she acquired while earning her MBA have proven invaluable in her pursuit of a PhD and while presenting at international conferences.

Lyons is a PhD candidate in public policy and administration, and a graduate assistant in the School of Public Service at Boise State. Lyons’ doctoral dissertation is on the rule-making process under Endangered Species Act. “I am also interested in human-wildlife conflict mitigation policy and conservation policy,” said Lyons. “I am presenting in Sweden later this month on human-elephant mitigation strategies being used in Gorongosa National Park.

Last year at President Krustra’s invitation, Krista presented to the Boise State Administrative Council on her Pathways Kenya experiences. Lyons attend the Pathways Kenya conference in January of that year. Pathways is a conference and training program designed to address the myriad issues that arise as people and wildlife struggle to coexist in a sustainable and healthy manner.

Recently, Lyons traveled to Gorongosa National Park and was able to work on her policy analysis, talking in person with researchers who are working on strategies to address human-elephant conflict/interactions such as elephants that leave the boundaries of the park and raid crops in local villages.

Krista Lyons with Special Olympics athletes

Krista with speed skaters from Taipei and Hungary at the Special Olympics World Winter Games.

In July Lyons will present at the International Congress for Conservation Biology held in Cartegna, Columbia. “The Congress is only held every two years and is highly competitive,” said Lyons. “I feel honored to have had my abstract accepted for an oral presentation.”

Lyons  is also busy volunteering. She has held several volunteer positions with Special Olympics including director of volunteers for Idaho State Summer Games, and she is in her second year of volunteering at Zoo Boise, as an animal care assistant for the penguin section and as a Conservation Cruise Captain. And, when she can, Lyons volunteers at Ride For Joy in Emmett, a therapeutic riding program which serves individuals with physical and cognitive special needs.

Krista Lyons with two Samburu warriors

At the Wildlife Conservation Network offices in San Francisco, Krista stands with two Samburu (Kenya) warriors, who are members of the Ewaso Lions Warriors Watch. They raise awareness about conservation and advocating for peaceful co-existence with lions and wildlife.

Krista Lyon at sign in Kenya on the equator

Krista at the equator in Nanyuki, Kenya. “The conference site straddled the equator, so I slept in the Northern Hemisphere, but ate in the Southern Hemisphere… way cool.”