Tom Clark named new director for center for entrepreneurship

Goal is to implement programs that gain national recognition as leader in entrepreneurial education | February 2, 2006

Tom Clark, professor of management, has been named the new director of the center for entrepreneurship in the Williams College of Business.

“I’m honored to accept the position as director for the entrepreneurship center, a position created to implement the center’s strategic plan developed this past year by Dr. Sherrie Human, Castellini Chair in entrepreneurial studies and the entrepreneurship faculty and advisory board,” says Clark. “My goal is to implement programs that help Xavier gain national recognition as a leader in entrepreneurial education—one whose graduates will be equipped to start businesses and who will be aggressively sought by organizations in which change is a requisite for success.”

Clark has a distinguished record of accomplishments at WCB. He implemented the highly successful Business Professions Program for the undergraduate business majors. This mandatory four-year program consists of a series of career preparation events, such as dressing for success, business etiquette, résumé workshops, interviewing skills and time management.

“Professor Clark will bring our students, faculty, and the business executives/alumni together so everyone can benefit from the Entrepreneurship Center's activities,” says Ali Malekzadeh, dean of the Williams College of Business. “He is a superb teacher, an accomplished scholar, and has a stellar reputation in the business community as a consultant to major organizations. We are fortunate that he has decided to take on this significant role as our ambassador for the entrepreneurship community.”

Clark has also been a consultant for more than 20 years to a variety of major corporations including General Electric and Procter & Gamble. He has won several teaching awards, including the WCB Teacher of the Year 2005 award, and has taught classes on small business consulting and small business management. Author of numerous articles on small business and entrepreneurship topics, Clark is also a featured columnist for the Cincinnati Business Courier on the topic of career communication.

“I am very impressed with Dr. Clark's credentials, and his vision for the Entrepreneurship Center,” states Phil Castellini, member of the Entrepreneurship Center Board of Executive Advisors. “He brings a wealth of experience, both in effective management of student-related programs and in building relationships with the business community, to this position. I look forward to working with Professor Clark to bring our strategic plan to fruition.”