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Dr. Frank Hoy, an internationally known authority on entrepreneurship, was installed as Paul R. Beswick Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the university's Department of Management during a ceremony held on campus on Friday, Nov. 20, 2009. Hoy, who was most recently director of the Centers for Entrepreneurial Development, Advancement, Research and Support at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), also serves as director of the Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI), WPI's nationally ranked entrepreneurship center. Hoy joined the WPI faculty in August 2009.
The Beswick professorship was established through the generosity of Paul R. Beswick, Class of 1957, and his wife, Siang Kiang. Beswick is the founder, president and CEO of Beswick Engineering Inc., an engineering consulting firm in Greenland, N.H. The Beswicks' gift enabled WPI to recruit and recognize Hoy, a world-class scholar and educator who is helping the university make entrepreneurship an integral element of its mission and instilling the spirit of innovation that is necessary for students to succeed in today's technology-driven world.
November 23, 2009