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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

Dean Portney names Sherry Hoskinson director of the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program; new staff added to the program, more on the way

TUCSON, Ariz. – September 9, 2005 – Paul Portney, new dean of the Eller College of Management at The University of Arizona, has named Sherry Hoskinson director of the College’s nationally acclaimed McGuire Entrepreneurship Program, which U.S. News & World Report ranks among the top 15 programs nationally at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Hoskinson has worked in the College’s Entrepreneurship Program since 1999 in roles of increasing responsibility, advancing from associate for outreach and development to program manager to associate director. As such, she led the design and implementation of the program’s academic activities, efforts in outreach and development, and activities to advance entrepreneurship in academic and business communities nationwide.

In appointing Hoskinson as director, Portney noted that she had worked with the program’s long-time director, Gary Libecap, to build significant distinction in the entrepreneurship discipline. “This program is one of the country’s best at attracting outstanding students, giving them a competitive advantage in the marketplace, and fueling the economy with the launch of new businesses each year,” Portney said. “We’re pleased to recognize Sherry for her critical role in advancing the College’s achievement in this discipline year after year.”

New Mentors Join McGuire Entrepreneurship Program; Executive Director Sought

Last year the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program diverged from traditional models by creating two “mentor-in-residence” positions to improve the accessibility and continuity of the advising available to teams of students working on new venture plans. Mentors-in-residence advise their assigned teams throughout the Program, overseeing all aspects of the venture development process. Team leader Joann Rockwell heads the initiative with 20+ years of experience, including extensive work with young, fast-growing, multinational technology companies. Jim Jindrick, who also serves the program as a mentor-in-residence, brings 25+ years of expertise spanning product development, sales and marketing, and manufacturing operations.

The success of the innovation led the College to hire Don Piper as a third mentor-in-residence this year. For many years, Piper worked with numerous ventures in the Research Triangle Park area of Raleigh, North Carolina. He has 25 years of experience that include leading 20+ acquisitions, launching three businesses, and working with 300+ entrepreneurs in venture development and launch. His corporate experience includes managing a New York-based private investment bank and leading the department of acquisition and mergers for Price Waterhouse. Immediately prior to joining the entrepreneurship mentors-in-residence team, Piper worked with the Eller MBA program, coaching students in professional development.

Robert Morrison has also joined the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program as one of the Program’s new venture mentors — individuals who work with student teams on specific areas of venture development under the umbrella leadership of the mentors-in-residence. Morrison adds investment expertise to a team already adept in technology advancement and communications. He founded the medical software company Sunquest Information Systems (now Misys), which he led to become the world’s largest manufacturer of hospital laboratory automation systems. After selling Sunquest to a software conglomerate, Morrison began consulting with emerging companies and recently served as executive director of Tucson’s Desert Angels, a group of investors supporting early-stage businesses. He will work with entrepreneurship students tackling business financials, valuation, and investment growth, coaching them through the intense due diligence that early stage businesses experience when pursuing start-up capital.

Director Sherry Hoskinson praised the expertise Piper and Morrison bring to the program. She commented, “As students evolve ideas and innovations into viable, concrete business plans, there’s no substitute for the first-hand, specialized experience that our mentors contribute.”

In addition to these entrepreneurship hires, Portney announced that the College will conduct a national search for a distinguished scholar to serve as executive director to the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program. The executive director will focus on research and activities shaping the future of entrepreneurship education.

The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship is a National Model Program of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and is home to the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program, ranked the #2 public undergraduate and #1 public graduate program in the nation by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review. Established in 1984, it was one of the first university-based entrepreneurship centers in the country. Today, the Center offers entrepreneurship education for any graduate program at the University of Arizona and reaches more than 1,000 undergraduate students every semester. With courses in business, law, science, engineering, health, medicine, arts, and humanities, the McGuire Center advances the state and regional economy, advances entrepreneurship education nationwide, and teaches life-long problem solving for economic, social, scientific, and environmental progress.

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

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Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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