Griggs Center Announces New Entrepreneurs-in-ResidencePosted October 01, 2011
Several accomplished entrepreneurs have been selected to serve as on-campus resources for ACU students. Jim Porter, Jerry Browder, Jarrod Brown, and David Bruce were selected as Entrepreneurs-in-Residence for the 2011-12 academic year.
The Entrepreneurs-in-Residence serve as mentors to students interested in entrepreneurship by providing oversight for class projects, serving as guest lecturers in classes, advising student businesses, working with the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization and more.
“All of these entrepreneurs bring valuable expertise and experience that we hope will inspire students as they study and explore entrepreneurship while at ACU,” said Dr. Jim Litton, director of the Griggs Center. “These individuals also serve as great examples of how successful entrepreneurs can give back and further God’s kingdom through their ventures.”
Porter is a principal of Porter Capital Partners and an active investor in early stage companies. He has been a participant in over 30 mergers and can account for 26 CEO’s that have worked for him in the last 20 years. Porter is the former CEO and president of Triad Systems and has served on numerous company boards. Porter served on the ACU Board of Trustees for 20 years and has served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence since 2007.
Browder (ACU ’76) is the founder and president of Signet Health Corporation, a national healthcare management firm. He has over 30 years of experience and has served in several executive roles throughout his career. Browder has initiated numerous business start-ups, facilitated several mergers and acquisitions, raised investor capital and managed multi-state operations.
Brown (ACU ’00) is the founder of Mission Lazarus, a Christian non-profit that uses humanitarian and developmental programs to plant and grow churches. They have established programs in Honduras and Haiti. Prior to launching Mission Lazarus, Brown worked as a corporate consultant. Brown was also named ACU’s Young Alumnus of the Year in 2008.
Bruce is the founder and CEO of Alliance Recruiting Resources, a national physician staffing company, and has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare staffing industry. Bruce has served in several executive and management roles throughout his career. In addition, he has initiated several business start-ups and currently serves on company boards for several non-profits.
“All of these entrepreneurs are dedicated to helping aspiring entrepreneurs by sharing their knowledge and experiences. ACU students will benefit greatly by having these individuals as resources and advisors,” said Litton.
About the Griggs Center
ACU’s Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy offers a unique learning experience through its commitment to encourage students to include philanthropic goals in their entrepreneurial pursuits. Through classroom instruction, mentoring opportunities and hands-on experience, the Griggs Center equips students to imagine and launch new ventures. The Griggs Center encourages integrating faith with the entrepreneurial journey in a way that positions the successful to give back along the way. The Griggs Center is a program of ACU’s College of Business Administration.