Published: February 17, 2009
The John H. Sykes College of Business at The University of Tampa has
named Dr. Rebecca J. White as the new Distinguished Walter Chair in
Entrepreneurship. As the holder of the Walter Chair of Entrepreneurship,
White will also lead the Florida Entrepreneur and Family Business
Programs at the Sykes College of Business.
White serves as
professor of management and director of the Fifth Third Bank
Entrepreneurship Institute at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). Under
her leadership the entrepreneurship programs at NKU were ranked among
the top 25 programs in the nation by The Princeton Review and received
numerous national awards for innovative curricula and program offerings.
As director of entrepreneurship programs at NKU she raised $2.25
million in private funding, obtained $1.7 million in grants, increased
faculty positions in entrepreneurship, and saw the number of students
studying entrepreneurship each semester grow from zero to more than 200.
At NKU White also created the Women’s Entrepreneurship
Institute, a web-based educational program for female entrepreneurs,
which is co-sponsored by The New York Times. She was named 2006
Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in the Supporter of
Entrepreneurship category. She also serves on the national board for the
United States Association for Entrepreneurship and Small Business and
the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers.
Dr. F. Frank
Ghannadian, dean of the Sykes College of Business, said White’s
outstanding track record in research and entrepreneurship will greatly
“This is a very high profile position given that
entrepreneurship majors are the fastest growing majors in the country,”
White is the co-founder of two companies,
RiskAware, a company that focuses on risk mitigation services for
colleges and universities and adEsse LLC, a consulting firm specializing
in strategic planning for fast growth entrepreneurial companies and
White received an MBA and a doctorate
in strategic management, marketing and entrepreneurship from Virginia
Tech University. She will begin her post at UT on Aug. 15.