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Institute Director- William Worthington
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William J. Worthington is Director of the Institute for Family Business (IFB) at Baylor University which promotes the tenets of Firm-Family-Faith on a global scale through research, teaching, and outreach to family owned enterprises within the state of Texas.

Dr. Worthington leads the Institute's research team studying governance issues surrounding family business. His teaching responsibilities include a comprehensive introduction of top management team decision making to graduating seniors within the Hankamer School of Business; he also teaches an elective on Managing the Family Business which explores the complexities of small/privately held firm management. He serves on the North American Regional Council of the Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurial Practices (STEP) research alliance associated with Babson College in Boston, Massachusetts and serves on the Editorial Review Board for Family Business Review, the field's leading research journal.

Prior to entering academia, Dr. Worthington earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Texas A&M University then worked as an engineering project manager, consulting for Fortune 100 oil and gas firms. Later, he earned an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Penn State University while launching his own business to serve the development and sales needs of a family-owned business in the Philadelphia area. Intrigued with the complexities of organizational governance, William pursued advanced studies, attaining a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from Texas A&M University and a minor in International Security from the George Bush School of Government and Public Service. His research centers on operational resilience sculpted from values embedded within the firm. His works have been published in academic and practitioner journals and presented at major annual conferences including the Academy of Management, Academy of International Business, Family Firm Institute, Family Enterprise Research Conference, Strategic Management Society, and the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Refusing to be isolated in the academic silo, Dr. Worthington founded The Kings' Counsel (TKC) as a confidential external advisory that aligns with organizational leaders in their quest for mission fulfillment. TKC seeks to illuminate the role of faith in the context of vocation. Through the right division of scripture, academic research, and case study, TKC serves leaders within the public and private sectors to align organizational objectives with their deeper purpose to inspire resilient execution. Dr. Worthington has written a book with the same title that explains the underlying purpose and processes that govern TKCs mission, set for release in 2013.

Dr. Worthington is an active member of multiple organizations including the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, 1000 Friends of Waco, Rotary International, the World Affairs Council of Dallas / Fort Worth, and American Mensa. An avid Eagle Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster, William enjoys leading his own little troop of five children with his wife Sarah in China Spring, Texas.

Contact Information

Dr. William J. Worthington can be reached at Bill_Worthington@baylor.edu or through his office phone number at 254.710.6203. Follow us on Twitter: @BaylorFamilyBiz.

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