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Willy Donaldson Appointed to Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship

  Friday, October 2, 2015

Dr. Willy Donaldson, assistant professor of management in the Luter School of Business, has been appointed to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship. The Council will be responsible for coordinating and implementing youth entrepreneurship initiatives and fostering the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem for young people in Virginia. 

The Council, which will be co-chaired by Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones, includes student innovators, entrepreneurs, business leaders and educators from every region in the commonwealth. Working with higher education and other public and private sector resources, the Council will conduct a comprehensive assessment of current local, state, and federal programs and services available to young entrepreneurs. The Council will work closely with institutions of higher education and other state agencies to grow vibrant regional ecosystems across Virginia, while supporting opportunities to advance research, innovation and commercialization at Virginia’s colleges and universities.

Governor McAuliffe has identified the following initial key priorities for the Council:

  • Expand students’ intellectual property rights
  • Promote the formation of collaborative spaces for entrepreneurs and students to meet
  • Encourage schools to offer courses in entrepreneurship that are easily accessible to all students and to integrate innovation into curriculum
  • Identify ways for colleges and universities to award academic credit to students for starting a business
  • Remove unnecessary costs for students starting a business in Virginia

Donaldson is also director of the CNU Small Business Institute, and the Biotechnology and Management Program. His research interests include strategic management systems and systems theory; corporate universities and their impact on performance; family business issues, dynamics and management systems; corporate governance and board performance.

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