Susan Hairston

J. Scott McLagan

Emeritus Professor of the Practice of Management, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver

Scott is an Emeritus Professor of the Practice in Management at the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business.  He was the Faculty Lead for the Executive Leadership and Global Business elements in DU’s highly ranked Executive MBA program for 18 years prior to retiring in 2022.  Scott continues to teach and consult in the areas of Leadership, Executive Team Development and Strategic Planning/Execution.  Over the last 20 years he has led leadership programs and consulting engagements for over 80 organizations including Newmont Mining, DCP Midstream, Kaiser Permanente, Denver Health, Comcast, Level 3/CenturyLink/Lumen, Starz, Lockheed Martin, Gates Corporation, Federal Railroad Administration, Crocs and Pacific Life.

Prior to moving into academia and consulting, Scott spent over 25 years in the corporate world and has a diverse professional background.  He held senior executive roles with two large global companies (Fisher Controls and Emerson Electric) and a high-tech start-up that was sold to Oracle.  He has functional experience in General Management, Strategic Planning, Marketing and Sales Management. Scott has extensive global experience, having lived in Singapore for five years and been actively involved in business and education throughout the world.

Scott currently serves on the Board of Directors Hyder Construction, Inc. and the Advisory Board for the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging at the University of Denver. He was Chairman of the Board of HSS, Inc. prior to it being acquired in May, 2022 and is President Emeritus of the Denver Children’s Home Board of Directors.  

Scott has degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  He also completed the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France and the “Leaders of the 21st Century” program at the Aspen Institute. 

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