James Scott McLagan

Professor of the Practice

  • Faculty
  • Daniels College of Business

Professional Biography

Scott is a Professor of Practice in the Management Department at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. He teaches and consults in the areas of Leadership, Strategic Planning/Execution, B2B Marketing and Global Business. He is the Faculty Lead for both the Executive Leadership and Global Business courses in DU’s highly ranked Executive MBA program. He has also developed and delivered numerous customized Executive Leadership Programs for companies such as Newmont Mining, Kaiser Permanente, CenturyLink, Starz, Level 3, Denver Health, Crocs, InnovAge, Pacific Life, CSHP, Janus and UNFI.

Prior to joining Daniels, Scott spent over 27 years in industry and has a diverse professional background. He held senior executive roles with two large global companies (Emerson Electric, Monsanto) and a high tech start-up. He has functional experience in General Management, Strategic Planning, Marketing, Engineering and Sales Management. Scott has extensive global experience, having lived in Singapore for 5 years and been actively involved in business and education throughout the world.

Scott does Management Consulting and Executive Coaching with organizations of all sizes in a wide range of industries. Notable clients include IBM, Emerson, Comcast, HCA, United Way, Dell, Nike, McKesson, Vail Resorts and Kaiser Permanente. Additionally, he serves on Board of Directors of HSS, Inc. and the Denver Children's Home (Past President).

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 Fontainbleau, France and the “Leaders of the 21st Century” program at the Aspen Institute. Scott is certified in several leadership assessment and psychometric instruments and is a member of the NeuroLeadership Institute.


  • Certificate, Leaders of the 21st Century, Aspen Institute, 1991
  • Certificate, Advanced Management Program, INSEAD, 1986
  • BS, Finance, University of Colorado, 1977
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, 1977