Simon School Establishes Tenured Professorship in Entrepreneurship
Rochester, N.Y.―April 7, 2010-The Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester is establishing its first professorship in Entrepreneurship for a tenured faculty member. The professorship, honoring retired Simon faculty member James N. Doyle, will be announced during a reception on April 7, 2010, at 5:30 p.m. in the Schlegel Hall, Eisenberg Rotunda.
(Media-Newswire.com) - Rochester, N.Y.―April 7, 2010—The Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester is establishing its first professorship in Entrepreneurship for a tenured faculty member. The professorship, honoring retired Simon faculty member James N. Doyle, will be announced during a reception on April 7, 2010, at 5:30 p.m. in the Schlegel Hall, Eisenberg Rotunda. The James N. Doyle Professorship in Entrepreneurship is being made possible through a $1.5 million gift from James N. Doyle Jr., executive director of ProVenture Ltd., to honor his father’s dedicated commitment to entrepreneurship education at the Simon School.
“Today, we all understand the importance of innovation to economic growth and competitiveness,” said University of Rochester President Joel Seligman. “Part of what makes Jim Doyle special is that he understood that long before the rest of us, and with enthusiasm and patience he educated us. Now, thanks to his son, we will be able to substantially increase our commitment to and expertise in this increasingly vital field. We, and the many students who will benefit in the decades to come, are most grateful for the father’s wisdom, the son’s vision, and the generosity of both.”
James N. Doyle retired from the Simon School after 15 years in 2008. An executive professor of business administration, he lectured in several areas, including marketing, general management and entrepreneurship. During his time at the Simon School, Doyle oversaw the Kauffman Entrepreneurial Internship Program, which matched second-year M.B.A. students ( known as Kauffman Interns ) with local start-up or entrepreneurial companies where they were involved with a significant project working directly with the C.E.O. or a senior manager. Having taught New Venture Management and Entrepreneurship at Simon, Doyle also helped students craft and produce viable business plans, many having become successful entrepreneurial ventures. Doyle’s career ran the gamut from general management to management consulting and education. He was president of Watkins Products Inc. and Sarah Coventry International; a principal in A.T. Kearney International, a management consulting firm; and a co-founder and director of R.A. Schoeneberger & Associates Ltd. In addition to the Simon School, he taught at St. John Fisher College, Alfred University, Richmond College in London, and the Kensington, England, campus of Huron University.
“Jim Doyle helped to build the Simon School Entrepreneurship concentration into one of our most popular areas of study,” says Dean Mark Zupan. “Many Simon alumni who were mentored and taught by Jim have gone on to start successful businesses. This professorship honors his commitment to entrepreneurial education at Simon and will allow us to dedicate a full professor to the teaching of this ever important discipline.”
The Doyle Professorship, preceded last June by the installation of adjunct faculty member Dennis J. Kessler as the Edward J. and Agnes V. Ackley Executive Professor of Entrepreneurship, underscores the importance of weaving entrepreneurship into the fabric of the Simon curriculum.
“My father, along with many others, has worked hard to build a significant entrepreneurship program at the Simon Graduate School of Business,” says James N. Doyle Jr. “My gift is intended to help build upon their efforts in the years to come.”
The process of appointing a faculty member to the James N. Doyle Professorship in Entrepreneurship will begin in 2011.
The Simon School prides itself as the place Where Thinkers Become Leaders™ and is currently ranked among the leading graduate business schools in the world in rankings published by the popular press, including BusinessWeek, U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Forbes. For example, the Financial Times recently rated the School 2nd in the world for finance and 5th in the world for managerial economics. More information about the Simon School is available on the World Wide Web at www.simon.rochester.edu.
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