Coles College of Business earns national award for entrepreneurial leadership

Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs names Kennesaw State's Coles College of Business among academic…

Georgia (Oct 13, 2014)Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs names Kennesaw State's Coles College of Business among academic leaders

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KENNESAW, Ga.  (Oct. 13, 2014) — The Michael J. Coles College of Business has received the Academic Leadership for Entrepreneurs award from The Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs, the nation’s largest education, commerce and media organization for entrepreneurs.

The award recognizes excellence in academic programs designed for business owners and entrepreneurs.

"The Coles College of Business has a significant role in economic development, and entrepreneurship is an important part of that," said Rick Franza, senior associate dean of the Coles College.  "Supporting entrepreneurship aligns with the mission of Coles College and the economy." 

The Coles College team, consisting of Dean Kathy Schwaig, Director of Executive Education Mike Salvador, and Franza, received the award for their work on curriculum development. They were given the award at the 2014 Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs’ Get Real conference in New York.

“The winners from this hallmark conference represent some of the most inspiring entrepreneurs, particularly because of their exceptional get real attitudes and results,” said Cliff Oxford, founder of the Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs.


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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit