Dr. Daewoo Park, professor of management and entrepreneurship, became academic director of the Center for Entrepreneurship in the Williams College of Business at Xavier University on June 1. He replaced Professor of Management Tom Clark, who held the post since January 2005.

Park has served as a guest editor for several management journals and taught the only online, simulation-based MBA capstone strategy course among the Jesuit colleges. He also managed the annual high school business simulation competitions on campus and implemented the WCB undergraduate simulation competitions.

His research has appeared widely in publications from the Journal of Small Business Management to the Journal of Business Research and Management International Review.

Park previously worked for IBM as a marketing representative, serving small and medium-sized enterprises.
 

Valerie Hardcastle of Virginia Tech will lead the University of Cincinnati’s largest college. Her appointment concludes a six-month national search. Currently associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Hardcastle will replace Karen Gould, who left UC earlier this year to become provost at California State University, Long Beach. The appointment is contingent upon approval by the UC Board of Trustees. Hardcastle is expected to officially begin her tenure at UC on Sept. 4.

Lois and Richard Rosenthal have committed $1.5 million, the largest single private donation to an academic department in Northern Kentucky University’s history, to establish the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Chair in Theatre. Ken Jones, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, has been named to the school’s first Rosenthal Chair in Theatre.
 
The Southwest Ohio Secondary Teaching Academy opened June 16 at Miami University with a group of 45 high school juniors. Offering a three-week summer internship, free high school and college credit in calculus or algebra, and intensive mentoring, the program’s goal is to build interest in teaching math among populations including African-American and Appalachian. The partnership, one of 10 in the state, involves UC, Miami University, Xavier University, Cincinnati Public Schools and Princeton City Schools; it is funded at $340,000 by the Ohio Board of Regents.
 
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of TRIO Programs has awarded UC Clermont College’s Upward Bound program a grant of $1,151,524 to continue services through 2011. Clermont’s Upward Bound annually serves 56 students from eight high schools: Amelia, Batavia, Bethel-Tate, Felicity-Franklin, Georgetown, Goshen, Western Brown and Williamsburg.
 
The Northern Kentucky University College of Business has been included in the Princeton Review’s 2008 edition of Best Business Schools. Selection is based on statistical data and a student opinion survey on topics including academic offerings and faculty, in addition to the overall quality of the program.
 
The University of Cincinnati’s College of Business has partnered with Shandong University, one of the top 25 universities in China, in establishing a Joint Management Innovation Research Center with offices both in Cincinnati and Jinan, China. The college also is creating a UC MBA program at Shandong. Lawrence Gales, academic director for International Programs in the College of Business and associate professor of management, has been named the program director.
 
The Ohio Department of Development has announced 2008 funding for the state’s Edison Centers, including Greater Cincinnati’s TechSolve in Bond Hill, which will receive about $1.3 million. Five Edison Incubator programs also were funded, including the Hamilton County Business Center in Norwood, which received $350,000. The Edison Center program is a public-private partnership that provides product and process innovation and commercialization services to both established and early-stage technology-based businesses.
 
The Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS Tenth Anniversary celebration event will be held the evening of Nov. 8 in the University of Cincinnati’s Great Hall. The Honors-PLUS program is an educational experience at the College of Business designed for highly motivated individuals with superior academic ability and demonstrated leadership skills. The public is invited. For tickets or to sponsor a corporate table, call Patty Ragio at (513) 556-7167.
 
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