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Sherrie Human appointed first Castellini chair

Associate professor oversees entrepreneurial studies program in the Williams College of Business

02/18/05

The University appointed Sherrie Human as the first Castellini endowed chair in entrepreneurial studies. Human is an associate professor in the department of management and entrepreneurship at Xavier’s Williams College of Business.

“Currently, I will be overseeing the next steps in our academic and student programs as well as our entrepreneurial center programs,” Human says. She will also work with the department’s entrepreneurship executive advisory board.

“Our goal with the entrepreneurial program is to develop ethical entrepreneurial leaders who are creative and innovative,” says University President Michael J. Graham, S.J. “Sherrie will provide the leadership needed to get that job done.”

Human is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar, with research interests focusing on business startup processes, inter-organizational networks, and more recently ethical decision making in entrepreneurial environments. Since 1997, she has participated in the Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics, an unprecedented research program involving more than 100 researchers from 10 countries, resulting in the 2004 Handbook of Entrepreneurial Dynamics.

“Sherrie’s excellence in the classroom is part of the reason we were ranked the eleventh most entrepreneurial college in America by the Princeton Review in 2004,” says Roger Fortin, Xavier’s academic vice president and provost.

“An endowed chair in entrepreneurial studies enhances and distinguishes our overall program even further,” says Ali Malekzadeh, dean of the Williams College of Business. “Our executive advisory boards, executive mentors, corporate partnerships and nationally ranked M.B.A. program are putting the Williams College of Business on the national map for business education excellence.”

Human received her Ph.D. in Management from the University of Kentucky in 1995, following which she joined the faculty at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, and then moved to Cincinnati in 1997 to join the faculty at Xavier. In addition to actively working with her colleagues to continue building Xavier’s entrepreneurship program, which ranks in the top 25 U.S. undergraduate entrepreneurship programs ( No. 11) by Forbes.com, Human earned the highest research honors from the Williams College of Business: the D.J. O’Conor Research Professorship and the D.J. O’Conor Research Chair, as well as the college’s innovative Downing Teacher-Scholar-Mentor Award.