The Entrepreneurship Center yesterday named Michael Goldsby the Stoops distinguished professor of entrepreneurship. Goldsby, who had been interim director since Larry Cox left this summer for a faculty position at Pepperdine University, will be the center's permanent director.
The center was built into a national powerhouse by its founding director, Donald F. Kuratko, who left in 2004 to oversee a similar program at Indiana University. Since then, Ball State has seen its rankings slip.
Ball State's program requires seniors to put their degrees on the line just days before graduation by presenting business plans that are analyzed by a panel of business leaders for a pass-or-fail grade.
Goldsby earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Indiana University, as well as a doctorate in strategic management and business ethics from the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. He recently received the Paul Hershey Award for best paper for an article in the Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship. Goldsby is also a director of the U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.