Entrepreneurial Experience : McGuire Center Recognized by Peers for Advancing Discipline of Entrepreneurship
By Liz Warren-Pederson
The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship won a prestigious award for Outstanding Contributions to Advance the Discipline of Entrepreneurship at the 2012 Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) Conference.
The conference, hosted by Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in Washington, DC, brought together hundreds of the world’s leading entrepreneurship center directors.
The award honors a center dedicated to advancing, promoting, and supporting entrepreneurship education as a field of study, teaching, and outreach to one or a variety of communities. Evaluation criteria include economic development and community outreach, service to the discipline, entrepreneurship education development and mentoring, and outreach programs.
GCEC also presented its inaugural Legacy Award to Gary D. Libecap, the founding director of the McGuire Center. Sherry Hoskinson, former director of the McGuire Center, presented the award. Libecap led the development of entrepreneurial study at the UA from its inception as an academic program in 1984. He stepped down after 21 years directing the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship (then the Karl Eller Center) and the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program. Under Libecap’s direction, more than 850 students completed the entrepreneurship program and went on to launch many ventures. Under his stewardship, the program became a leader in undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship education. Libecap is now professor of corporate environmental management at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara.Hoskinson also presented a lecture at the conference on research frontiers with Donald F. Kuratko, executive director of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Indiana University.