In 2018, Kent received the Professor of the Year distinction at the UW College of Business. Also in 2018, Kent earned the Campus Being a Difference Award from the NASBA Center for the Public Trust. In 2019 and 2020, UW’s Mortar Board Honor Society recognized him as a “Top Prof”, and in 2021 it presented him with UW’s Outstanding Service and Dedication Award. In 2022, Kent received the UW College of Business’s Impact Award.
Kent was appointed by former Governor Matt Mead to the Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics in 2018, and he was reappointed in 2021 by Governor Mark Gordon. He also serves on the board of directors of the John P. Ellbogen Foundation and the Better Business Bureau Foundation Board of Advisors for Northern Colorado and Wyoming.
For his outreach efforts, Kent has developed ethics-based presentations which he delivers to diverse audiences. Since 2013, he has conducted hundreds of sessions for business, government, and community organizations. In total, participants representing all 50 states have enjoyed his talks.
This is Kent’s second stint with the UW College of Business. Previously, he served as Assistant Dean for External Relations. In this role, Kent teamed with former Dean Brent Hathaway to raise approximately $25 million for the College of Business.
Kent’s first professional connection to UW was in the Athletics Department. As the Senior Associate Athletics Director, he secured a multi-million dollar agreement to outsource the department’s media rights; negotiated a seven-figure naming-rights commitment for its multi-use facility; increased gross revenue from corporate sales by more than 50%, while net revenue increased in excess of 100%; and chaired an effort to ensure compliance with the NCAA’s mandated attendance policy for Division IA football programs.
He and his wife, Leslie, have three children, Lindsey, Tate, and Ella.
Kent’s aspirational code to live by:
Remember, at the end of the day, it’s all about God, family, and friends.
Figure out why you’re here—then go get it done.
Effort and attitude can trump intelligence, but nothing trumps integrity.
Make the room better when you enter it.
Find the humor and share it.
Live each moment like your kids are watching.
Don’t make it more difficult than it really is.
Strive for win-win situations.
Bet on those who buy into the “half-full” theory.
Some things matter, some things don’t—don’t confuse the two.
All it takes is all you’ve got.