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Dr. Dianne Welsh Honored with Entrepreneurship Consortium’s Coveted Lifetime Legacy Award

The Bryan School’s Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh, Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, was recently honored with the Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers at its virtual national conference in October.

“I am humbled and honored to be chosen by 25 entrepreneurship center and program directors across the world as the Legacy Award winner for lifetime contributions,” said Welsh.

Dianne WelshWelsh, also Founding Director of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program, and Founder and Inaugural Director Emeritus of the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center at UNC Greensboro, was recognized for her long-term commitment to the field of entrepreneurship education, her commitment to serving students, other faculty, and the profession. She has built programs, launched centers, published research, served in professional organizations, and paved the way for women.

“The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers’ Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement is highly coveted and speaks volumes about what Dr. Welsh has meant to the UNC Greensboro community,” said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Jim Coleman. “I have been involved in supporting and even starting entrepreneurship programs at other universities, and the cross-campus program Dianne has built at UNCG is truly impressive!”

As Sherry Hoskinson, retired Director of the McGuire Entrepreneurship Center at The University of Arizona said in her nomination, “The definition of this award could have been written to describe Professor Welsh, her accomplishments, and her unfettered drive to advance entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship learning, knowledge of entrepreneurship, and the organizations that provide the environments for the transfer of knowledge through teaching, research, service, mentoring, and leadership.”

The consortium also named Edward Roberts, Founder and Chair of the Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship at MIT University, as a Legacy Award winner.