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Professor part of statewide entrepreneurship initiative

by Mark Schwerin

Dec. 16, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Dr. Timothy Palmer, WMU.
KALAMAZOO--Dr. Timothy Palmer, Western Michigan University professor of management, is joining entrepreneurial educators from top programs across the state to serve on a new forum to advance entrepreneurship among students and alumni in Michigan.

The Michigan Entrepreneurship Education Leaders Forum held its inaugural meeting Dec. 9 and addressed how entrepreneurship programs can--individually and collaboratively--provide students with the necessary entrepreneurial skills and effective practices. The forum discussions included teaching and funding models and strengthening the student entrepreneurial experience.

"I'm not aware of other disciplines in any state where the heads get together with the intent on improving everyone's ability to educate their students," says Palmer. "The Forum provides a platform for collaboration that will offer greater opportunities, expertise and guidance for our students."

Michigan Entrepreneurship Education Leaders Forum

The Michigan Entrepreneurship Education Leaders Forum was created through the joint partnership of the Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and Michigan State University's Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Broad College of Business. In addition to WMU, University of Michigan and Michigan State, the forum includes educators from Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Grand Valley and Wayne State universities.

For more information, contact Valorie Juergens at or (269) 387-5964.