The Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program at Gonzaga University will make a change in its leadership structure to accommodate the program’s rapid growth over the past several years. Starting Aug. 1, Professor Paul Buller, the program’s founding director, will focus on the academic aspects of the program and the “care and nurturing of students.”
Buller noted that his responsibilities will include advising students, planning and developing curriculum, and developing faculty in the areas of teaching and research. A new program director will be hired and that person will be responsible for overall program management, fund development, and marketing/public relations.
A national search for the new program director will begin in February and the position is expected to be filled by the end of July.
“This restructuring of our resources will allow us to continue to build on the Hogan Program’s strong foundation,” said Buller, the Kinsey Robinson Professor of Business Management. “Also, this will provide a greater focus on student advising, curriculum and faculty development. We believe this change will accelerate progress toward our goal of becoming one of the top entrepreneurship education programs in the country.”
The Program, launched in January 2000, grew from the vision of GU President Rev. Robert J. Spitzer, and the Program’s major benefactors Ed and Lynn Hogan. The four-year undergraduate concentration is founded on the Jesuit model of educating the whole person. It prepares students to create new ventures that make a positive difference in society. The Hogan Program embraces students from all academic majors, tailors the entrepreneurial curriculum and co-curriculum to complement their academic majors, and provides them with the concepts, tools, and experiences to create successful commercial and social enterprises.
The Program has graduated a total of 45 students in its first two graduating classes. Ninety-one students across all majors are enrolled in the Program in the freshman-through-senior classes. About 80 GU students, 30 of whom are non-Hogan students, are involved in the Program’s New Venture Lab. Also, 71 teams of students from GU, Eastern Washington University, Whitworth College, and Washington State University have entered the Program’s Business Plan Competition this year.
The Hogan Program was recognized in 2005 with Technet’s Catalyst Award as the “Organization of the Year.” Also, the Program is among 11 institutions nationwide to receive a three-year competitive grant for “Entrepreneurship Excellence in Teaching Colleges” from the Coleman Foundation.
For more information about the Hogan Program, contact Director Paul Buller at (509) 323-3438 or via e-mail at email@example.com or visit the Program’s Web site at www.gonzaga.edu/entrepreneur.