Entrepreneurship Chair Named Businesswoman of the Year

Published: Aug 25, 2010
Rebecca J. White, professor of management and the James W. Walter Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship at The University of Tampa, was recently named 2010 BusinessWoman of the Year in the education category by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

White was one of three finalists in the education category and was chosen for the designation by an independent panel of judges.

“This is a major accomplishment for Professor White and illustrates her immediate mark on the Tampa business community,” said Frank Ghannadian, dean of UT’s Sykes College of Business. “Rebecca has worked hard supporting students in her first year at The University of Tampa, and the award is well deserved.”

White joined UT last August. In the last year she has revised the entrepreneurship curriculum, started a series that brings successful entrepreneurs and advisors to campus and partnered with Emerge Tampa Bay, the young professionals group of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to coming to UT, White served as professor of management and director of the Fifth Third Bank Entrepreneurship Institute at Northern Kentucky University, where she built a program that was rated among the nation’s top 50 by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. She also founded a business in 2006 that focuses on risk management.

Last February White was awarded the President’s Distinguished Service Award by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE).

TBBJ has recognized outstanding businesswomen in the Tampa Bay area since 2004.