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Veteran Entrepreneur Appointed to Walter Chair

Published: September 09, 2005

Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh has been appointed to fill the James W. Walter Distinguished Chair for Entrepreneurship at The University of Tampa’s John H. Sykes College of Business.

Welsh, who holds a 1988 doctorate in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, also will serve as director of the Florida Entrepreneur and Family Business Program, and will teach as a professor of entrepreneurship.

Welsh’s teaching experience includes organizational behavior, free enterprise management, social entrepreneurship, family business management, small business management and MBA courses and others. She has taught at the University of Nebraska, Eastern Washington University and John Carroll University.

A recognized scholar in international franchising and international entrepreneurship, Welsh is co-editor of comprehensive volumes on global franchising, including two volumes on international franchising in emerging markets and two on industrialized markets.

From 2000-2005, Welsh founded and directed the programs in entrepreneurship at John Carroll University in Cleveland while fostering partnerships with local business and outreach efforts. She is president of USASBE – the U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship – and serves on the executive board of the entrepreneurship division of the Academy of Management.

She was elected in October 2002 to the executive board of the National Consortium of Entrepreneurship Center Director’s Association. She was a presidential appointee to the Board of Visitors (equivalent to a board of trustees) of the U.S. Air Force Academy, and served as a member of the Defense Advisory Committee of Women in the Military.

Owner of Family Business First International, a strategic planning firm specializing in entrepreneurial leadership and employee reward systems, Welsh has owned several of her own businesses.

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