The Center will make a high-profile addition to the University of Colorado Denver and leverage the school’s global reputation for academic excellence. “The partnership between J.P. Morgan and the CU Denver Business School represents a tremendous opportunity to establish a new and innovative place of learning that will link business education and real world experience in the commodities industry,” said Sueann Ambron, dean of the Business School. “We see the Center as a tangible validation of J.P. Morgan’s leadership in commodities and a dedication to education.”Faculty and staff at the Center will collaborate with the commodities industry to develop relevant course work and research in industries such as agriculture, energy and minerals. Courses will feature internationally-renowned professors and guest speakers from the industry. The firm’s gift will also support The J.P. Morgan Endowed Chair for Commodity Finance, Economics and Policy, as well as several scholarships for high-achieving students earning degrees related to commodities with plans to enter the industry. Environmental sustainability and socially-responsible development will be an integral aspect of the education offered at the J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities. Students will gain exposure to this vital dimension of natural resource management and the broader implications for business and the community. The CU Denver Business School will offer specialization certificates, undergraduate and graduate emphases and degrees and professional education through the J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities. Students can currently take courses in areas such as finance, risk management, sustainability and international business related to commodities. Beginning in Fall 2012, students can take a specialization in finance, risk management and commodities. In addition, professional education courses will begin at the Center in 2013. The vision is to create a world-class educational program that will support the increasingly significant role of commodities in Colorado, the U.S. and the world. Colorado’s history as a leader in agriculture, energy and mining make Denver an excellent location for the Center. Even today, Colorado’s economy is heavily driven by commodities enterprises. For example, 27 percent of U.S. natural gas resources are located in the Rocky Mountain West.
JPMorgan Chase, which has roots in Colorado dating back to 1874, provided $3.2 million in grants and in-kind value to Colorado non-profits in 2011. Along the Front Range, Chase has 125 branches that serve more than 1 million Colorado customers.The CU Denver Business School is the largest accredited graduate school of business in the Rocky Mountain West, with 1,400 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate students, and is known as an innovator with strong business partnerships. It has programs that are the building blocks for commodities, including programs in finance, risk management, energy, sustainability, and international business. Flexible class schedules, a focus on academic rigor, and real-world application made the Business School a top choice for students, faculty and business. Located in Denver on the Downtown Campus and on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo., the University offers more than 128 degrees and programs in 13 schools and colleges and serves more than 28,000 students. For more information, visit the online newsroom. About J.P. Morgan J.P. Morgan is the investment banking arm of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.3 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. The firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers, small business and commercial banking, financial transaction processing, asset management and private equity. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.