Entrepreneurship professor to head Ball State's nationally ranked center

Topic: Miller College of Business

December 11, 2008

Ball State University has appointed one of its leading business faculty to head the nationally ranked Entrepreneurship Center.

Michael Goldsby, the Stoops distinguished professor of entrepreneurship, will lead the Entrepreneurship Center in the Miller College of Business after serving as interim director for several months. He succeeds Larry Cox, who left the program last summer to join the staff at Pepperdine University.
 
"Dr. Goldsby has long been considered one of the best up-and-coming professors in his field," said Rodney Davis, interim dean of Miller College of Business. "He has a strong ability to bolster the creativity of our students and, no doubt, will play a major role in continuing the program's outstanding national reputation."
 
The entrepreneurship program is a groundbreaking initiative that has been lauded nationally as the ultimate entrepreneurial experience. The program features a final pass-or-fail class that requires seniors to put their degrees on the line just days before graduation as their business plans are analyzed by a group of top business leaders.
 
"I am proud to be associated with some of the top entrepreneurship students in the country," Goldsby said. "Their determination and hard work translates into the creation of an exciting core of new companies being created each year."
 
His recent article in the Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship was selected the winner of the Paul Hershey Award for best paper. He is a member of many management professional organizations, including serving as vice president and a member of the board of directors for the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE).
 
Goldsby received bachelor's and master's degrees from Indiana University and earned his doctorate in strategic management and business ethics from the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. While at Virginia Tech, he was awarded the Jack Hoover Award for Teaching Excellence.

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