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Interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial and values-based

TWO HOLDERS OF ENDOWED POSITIONS, DAVIS ENTREPRENEUR-IN-RESIDENCE BRAD HANCOCK (LEFT) AND WILLIAM M. DICKEY ENTREPRENEUR-IN-RESIDENCE MICHAEL SHERROD, GUIDE THE VALUES-BASED NEELEY ENTREPRENEURSHIP CENTER.

As we create The Academy of Tomorrow, TCU must provide an educational experience that is interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial. The University must produce knowledgeable, flexible graduates prepared to lead in and adapt to whatever the future may bring. Professors who are recruited and retained through endowed positions are at the forefront of these initiatives. Take for example Brad Hancock, Davis Entrepreneur-in-Residence and director of the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center, and William M. Dickey Entrepreneur-in-Residence Michael Sherrod.

In a world where rankings have special importance, they have navigated the Neeley entrepreneurship program to a No. 6 current ranking by Bloomberg Businessweek. The U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship recognized TCU's as the National Model Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program in 2011.

These honors reflect the success of several initiatives launched at the center, including the Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures Business Plan Competition, the Coleman Faculty Fellows initiative and the TCU Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization, the largest chapter in the country.

Brad Hancock and Michael Sherrod are serious about the center's mission to create a values-based, all-inclusive program that reaches out to all TCU students, not just business majors.

Entrepreneurship is among the largest majors in the Neeley School, but Hancock and Sherrod do not want the program to be seen as exclusively for business students. To that end, the Coleman Faculty Fellows initiative was launched in 2010 to integrate entrepreneurship education across the TCU campus. Faculty from every school and college at TCU participate in the effort to incorporate entrepreneurship in current or new courses.

"How to be a values-based entrepreneurship program is the theme prevalent in everything we do," Hancock says.

"We honor the entrepreneurial journey. We hope to plant the seeds that students wouldn't do anything to bring shame or dishonor to the businesses they launch or the companies they join."

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