Nations Leading Entrepreneurs Meet at Baylor Sept. 21-22

Sept. 19, 1995

by Alan Hunt

Officials of entrepreneurship centers at leading educational institutions around the country will discuss major research projects during a meeting at Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 21-22.

The 16 visitors represent the founding institutions of the National Consortium of Entrepreneurial Centers, a new organization sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Inc. at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City.

The Center, a nonprofit educational institution, encourages entrepreneurial leadership through educational and support activities. The Kauffman Foundation was created by one of the country's most recognized entrepreneurs, the late Ewing M. Kauffman, founder of Marion Laboratories, chairman of Marion Merrell Dow Inc. and owner of the Kansas City Royals baseball team.

Baylor's John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship is one of 10 nationally recognized entrepreneurship centers selected as founding members of the new organization. Other founders include the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania; University of Texas; University of California at Los Angeles; Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; Babson College, Boston; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.; Council for Entrepreneurial Development, Raleigh, N.C.; University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis; and Midwest Entrepreneurial Center, Indianapolis.

The visiting representatives will arrive on campus Thursday evening, Sept. 21, and will be treated to a Texas-style barbecue at Baylor's Gov. Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village. Entertainment will be provided by "old-time" fiddler star, Robyn Hobson, a 15-year-old high school student from Grandview.

Dr. Nancy B. Upton, director of the Baugh Center and host for the visit, described the historic village program as a way for the visitors to "step back into history with a look toward the future." She added, "They represent the best brains in the entrepreneurial business and we want to give them a traditional Texas-style welcome." Upton is serving as a Scholar-in-

Residence at the Kauffman Foundation's Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Inc. for the 1995-96 academic year.

On Friday, Sept. 22, the members of the group will be welcomed at 8:45 a.m. by Baylor Chancellor Herbert H. Reynolds at the Blume Conference Center, adjoining the Hankamer School of Business.

Afterwards, they will attend various meetings during the day-long program to discuss research projects, forthcoming activities and general business plans. An internet work session led by computer software specialist Mary Schrader is scheduled for the afternoon in Lab 209 at the Cashion Academic Building at Hankamer.

For more information about the program, call Dr. Upton at (817) 755-2265.

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