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
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
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
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