program is one of the best in the country
four years after its creation, the entrepreneurial program has gained
national recognition by applying basic business principles.
Seven years ago, Charles Bamford taught the only class on entrepreneurship
at TCU. Today, that single elective class has evolved into one of
the most successful entrepreneurial programs in the country.
Entrepreneur Magazine listed the Ryffel Center for Entrepreneurial
Studies as one of the top 40 programs in the nation in early 2003.
TCU was listed in the third tier, along with Southern Methodist University,
Notre Dame University, and the University of Texas at Austin. TCUs
program was the youngest on the list.
Were ecstatic, said David Minor, director of the
Ryffel Center. What were seeing are the results of the
hard work done by a fantastic faculty and staff.
The center also received the NASDAQ Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence
in October 2003.
That one was sweet, said Bamford, an associate professor
of management. It was just a nice recognition of what weve
been able to accomplish here.
Minor said one of the reasons the program has been so successful is
because the faculty and staff treat it like a business.
We really took business concepts and did what a good business
does, Minor said. Thats one of the main reasons
why I think it has done so well.
Ted Legatski, associate professor of professional practice in management,
said he moved to TCU in 2002 because of the entrepreneurial program.
Without question, I would not have made the move without the
presence of the entrepreneurship program here and the opportunity
to be a part of seeing that program advance still further, Legatski
Legatski noticed TCUs program while working at Northeastern
State University in Oklahoma, he said.
As an outsider, I was able to look at TCUs rapid rise
in the field and attribute most of the success to the resources that
were made available, he said. But, having now become a
part of the TCU entrepreneurship family, I can assure you that its
the talent and dedication of the faculty and staff that are making
Rebecca Luce, assistant professor of management, said another successful
factor has been the ability of several different elements of the program
to work well together.
It is the combination of community outreach and academic offerings
that give us a well-rounded program, Luce said. We have
a good synergy between the director of the entrepreneurship center
and the faculty to maximize the impact of the program through marketing
and courses that are well-received by the students here.
Minor said the business approach also works when working with students.
We focused on the customer, which is the student, Minor
said. We focused on what we could do to make the best out of
their experience here.
Legatski said students are as much a part of the programs success
as the faculty, staff and administration.
A good program attracts good students and good students enhance
the program, Legatski said.
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and his team (left to right: Godson Menezes, Jose Lugo, Huzenlaub
and Ann Crossman) review construction plans for the companys
new data center.
Bamford, associate professor of management, has seen the program
grow from its earliest days to national prestige.