James Madison College Gilliam Heart for Entrepreneurship proclaims new director

jmuThe Gilliam Heart for Entrepreneurship at James Madison College has named Suzanne Bergmeister as its subsequent govt director.

An entrepreneur with each a enterprise capital and a army background, Bergmeister has served because the full-time entrepreneur-in­-residence on the College of Louisville’s Forcht Heart for Entrepreneurship for the previous 15 years, and concurrently as assistant director for the previous 4 years.

At Louisville she taught programs at each the graduate and undergraduate degree, and mentored MBA competitors groups that gained over $1 million in competitors prize cash and two world championships. Her profitable monitor report and exhausting work inside the college and within the broader entrepreneurial neighborhood earned her the College of Louisville graduate instructing award twice and the Enterprise Corp Entrepreneurial Management Award.

“I’m very excited to work with the wonderful workforce on the GCFE and the Faculty of Enterprise to construct on the momentum and success they’ve already achieved,” stated Bergmeister. “I’m actually wanting ahead to main the GCFE to extend entrepreneurship throughout the JMU campus and all through the area.”

“We’re thrilled that Suzanne was tapped to steer the Gilliam Heart for Entrepreneurship at JMU,” stated Faculty of Enterprise Dean Mike Busing. “Her prior expertise with College of Louisville’s Forcht Heart, particularly with securing grant funding and mentoring college students, veterans and decrease earnings entrepreneurs, will serve JMU and assist financial progress within the area. Her deep understanding of each the entrepreneur and enterprise capitalist is important as the middle evolves and achieves nationwide recognition for excellence.”

Bergmeister is happy to start work with JMU and the Faculty of Enterprise. She additionally sees challenges forward, and alternatives for fulfillment. “I imagine it’s important that our subsequent technology has an entrepreneurial mindset, that means the flexibility to make use of innovation and creativity to unravel issues,” stated Bergmeister. “The pandemic proved the large benefit of agility and with the ability to pivot shortly when needed. Sure, the previous 12 months has been tough, however I imagine that the hallmark of any profitable entrepreneur is flexibility.”

Named in honor of chief and philanthropist Leslie Flanary Gilliam (’82), the GCFE promotes entrepreneurship on and off campus to empower people and rework lives.  

Bergmeister joins the GCFE throughout an thrilling interval, because it begins to plan for and welcome college students again into the newly constructed Faculty of Enterprise Studying Complicated.

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