University News
For Immediate Release: 
Feb 11 2004

Susan Faulkner Tapped to Direct “Entrepreneurial Studies Program” at Concord

Athens, W. Va. – Dr. Susan L. Faulkner, a resident of Bluefield, Virginia, has been selected to direct the College’s new Entrepreneurial Studies Program.

The Entrepreneurial Studies Program will encourage students to be “risk-takers” and develop and launch businesses in southern West Virginia. College officials are using the “Bonner Scholars” program, which has been in existence for 10 years, to model this program after.

Concord’s Entrepreneurial Studies program will build on the success of the Bonner model. The program will: prepare graduates to start and operate businesses and/or be better prepared to be employees; incorporate classroom instruction, mentoring and internships; connect students with successful business people; support the state’s economic development plan which emphasizes entrepreneurship; serve students in all areas of study; provide scholarships for 40 students (10 per year) and make a significant contribution to the economic development of southern West Virginia.

The Bluefield-based Hugh Ike Shott Jr. Foundation and the Katharine B. Tierney Charitable Foundation provides support for the program.

The director of the Entrepreneurial Studies Program will be an integral part of the Concord College Entrepreneurial Program team by building and maintaining relationships with entrepreneurial professionals and organizations, Concord alumni and current students, and creating, developing, and implementing programs to involve these groups. A part of the Division of Business, the Entrepreneurial Program augments students' course work by providing valuable real-world entrepreneurial experiences to those interested in entrepreneurship. The director will oversee the programs and will report to the chair of the Division of Business.

Dr. Faulkner’s primary responsibility will be to develop, administer, implement, and manage the Concord Entrepreneurial Studies Program. This initiative will provide seminars to address the unusual and complex issues faced by small businesses locally, regionally, and globally and will strive to build a constructive network among the principals in related local organizations.

Dr. Faulkner has served as a private consultant, an outreach program director, professor, and director for numerous education-related projects and organizations throughout the United States. She planned and produced four national satellite teleconferences sponsored by the University of California, Berkeley, secured grants and contracts totaling more than $2.6 million, and is the author or co-author of more than 60 journal articles, research reports and papers.

She received her doctorate in educational administration with an emphasis in community college administration and a concentration in human resource management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Dr. Faulkner, ever focused on her goal of developing the Entrepreneurial Studies Program, noted that, “We are currently looking for students to participate in this program. Although the Program is housed in the Business Division, students do not have to be business majors. They can pursue any major and participate in this program. Students need to be motivated and have a willingness to work … hard!”

“We are fortunate to have Dr. Faulkner, she has experience from California to Missouri to Washington, D.C., developing and managing successful programs,” stated Dr. Boggess.

For information on the Entrepreneurial Studies Program call 1-888-384-5249 or 1-304-384-6084 or e-mail entrepreneur@concord.edu.

-CC-

PO BOX 1000, VERMILLION ST., ATHENS, WV 24712.