January 03, 2006

Weatherhead School Dean Myron Roomkin named to Kauffman Foundation Commission on Entrepreneurial Curriculum

Myron Roomkin

Myron Roomkin, dean and Albert J. Weatherhead, III Professor of Management at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, has been named to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Commission on Entrepreneurial Curriculum.

"I am extremely honored to be named to the Kauffman Foundation commission," Roomkin said. "Entrepreneurship is one of the great strengths of the Weatherhead School, and I hope to share with the commission some of the lessons we have learned over the years in developing our own curriculum."

The commission's purpose is to guide the foundation in developing a universal and/or comprehensive university-level curriculum, along with associated materials and best practices for preparing students for entrepreneurship. Commission members will consider what students at the university level should know about the process of entrepreneurship, its role in the American economy, and managing the start-up process so as to maximize the chances for success.

Roomkin was appointed dean of the Weatherhead School in 2004. From 1998-2004 he was dean of the Kogod School of Business at American University. Prior to that he served in a variety of faculty positions at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He has authored four books and more than 70 journal articles, reports and working papers in the fields of industrial and employment relations and human resources.

Roomkin earned his bachelor's of science degree from Cornell University's New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations and his master's of science and doctoral degrees in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin. He also has taught at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, and at the Industrial Relations Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin.

Headquartered in Kansas City, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is the nation's pre-eminent foundation working to promote entrepreneurship in America. It makes grants and works with partners to advance entrepreneurship education and training efforts, promote entrepreneurship-friendly policies, and facilitate the commercialization of new technologies by entrepreneurs.

The foundation has made four grants to Ohio institutions in its current fiscal year, including one for $49,500 to Cleveland-based JumpStart, Inc. to support an intensive Ph.D. seminar in entrepreneurship.

In the year ended June 30, 2004, the foundation made grants totaling $57.3 million and had assets of $1.77 billion.

The Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management is an international center of management scholarship, committed to preparing and enhancing organizational leadership. The Weatherhead School is dedicated to making discoveries of enduring consequence, developing innovative educational programs, fostering strategic partnerships with students and organizations, and providing services to multiple communities.

For more information: Jeff Bendix 216-368-6070.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, January 3, 2006 10:25 AM | News Topics: Weatherhead School of Management

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