Dr. Jeff Cornwall, Belmont University’s Jack C. Massey Chair in Entrepreneurship, was named Friday as the Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year by the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). Cornwall was selected from a group of distinguished nominees and chosen for his countless and enduring contributions to entrepreneurship education.
“To be named the most outstanding educator in one’s field in higher education is the highest compliment a professor can receive,” said Belmont’s College of Business Administration Dean Dr. Pat Raines. “Jeff’s professional accomplishments and the prestige that he has brought to Belmont’s entrepreneurship program make him an extraordinarily worthwhile recipient of this award.”
Dr. Cornwall said, “I am humbled to be recognized this way for the work that I do as an entrepreneurship educator.”
Past winners of the award include faculty members from Oklahoma State University, University of Texas (Austin), Stanford University, Purdue University and Baylor University, among others.
USASBE Past-President Mark Weaver, who is the Ben May Chair of Entrepreneurship at the Mitchell College of Business at the University of South Alabama, served on the selection committee for this year’s Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year. He said, “Jeff was selected as the entrepreneurship educator of the year for his innovations such as his blog and ability to both educate students and inform entrepreneurs on ways to succeed.”
Dr. Cornwall earned a D.B.A. and an M.B.A . from the University of Kentucky, and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Cornwall advises Belmont’s E-Club and Collegiate DECA, both of which serve the interests of entrepreneurs across campus. In 2006, Dr. Cornwall was named a Fellow of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), an organization he served as president in 2010. In 2008, Belmont University’s Center for Entrepreneurship received the USASBE National Model Undergraduate Program of the Year Award. In 2011, Cornwall was named Small Business Influencer by Small Business Trends, and last fall he was named for the second year in a row to the list for the Top 100 Champions in the 2012 Small Business Influencer Awards.
Dr. Cornwall’s blog, The Entrepreneurial Mind, is one of the most popular small business blogs on the web. It was named by Forbes as a “Best of the Web” and is part of the Forbes blog network. In addition, it is syndicated by the Christian Science Monitor and Business Insider and is linked to by Entrepreneur, Inc. and U.S. News and World Report.
The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship® (USASBE) is the largest independent, professional, academic organization in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship. With over 1000 members from universities and colleges, for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations, and the public sector, USASBE is a diverse mix of professionals that share a common commitment to fostering entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviors.