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Position Announcement: Exec. Dir., Levy-Rosenblum Inst.

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Executive Director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship
A. B. Freeman School of Business
Tulane University


The A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University in New Orleans invites applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship (LRI).

Leveraging Tulane’s location in the city of New Orleans — with its rapidly growing economy, technology, life science, and entertainment sectors, and its emerging prominence as a center for entrepreneurship — the LRI plays a central role in the Freeman School’s effort to sharpen its focus on entrepreneurship education, scholarship, and outreach. The LRI serves as the link between the School’s faculty and students on the one hand, and its alumni, local entrepreneurs, and employer organizations interested in innovation and entrepreneurship on the other. The LRI also serves as a laboratory to explore new programs and scholarship in a variety of areas and disciplines. Learn more by reading the School’s recently adopted strategic plan (

The Executive Director of the LRI should have a Ph.D. in a business or related discipline, substantial experience managing entrepreneurial programs or as an entrepreneur, and the ability to work closely with Freeman School faculty to develop and deliver state-of-the-art experiential coursework relating to innovation and entrepreneurship. We prefer candidates who have a record of scholarship in entrepreneurship and innovation, but will consider all candidates with strong credentials. The Executive Director is responsible for managing the LRI and its programs and reports to the Dean of the Freeman School.

This appointment is a faculty appointment.

Nominations and applications will be held in strict confidence. Review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the appointment is made. Applicants should send a letter, indicating their interest, and a curriculum vitae. All materials should be submitted electronically to:

Professor Paul A. Spindt (
Keehn Berry Professor of Banking and Finance
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty
A. B. Freeman School of Business
Tulane University

Tulane University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


Tulane Business Forum looks at leveraging Louisiana

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

The CEOs of two of Louisiana’s biggest home-grown success stories — Daryl G. Byrd of Iberiabank Corp. and  José S. Suquet of Pan-American Life Insurance Group — will discuss what it took to build those businesses as keynote speakers at the 34th annual Tulane Business Forum, “Home Grown: Leveraging the Louisiana Business Experience on a National Scale.”

Daryl G. Byrd

José S. Suquet

This year’s forum, which will take place on Friday, Sept. 27, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, shines the spotlight on businesses that have leveraged the state’s unique resources to achieve national and international success.

Joining Byrd, who will deliver the morning keynote address, and Suquet, who will deliver the luncheon keynote, will be Gary P. LaGrange, president and CEO of the Port of New Orleans, and John F. Tercek, vice president for commercial and new business development at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

The forum will also feature a panel on tourism and economic development featuring Darryl Berger, chairman of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp.; Tod R. Chambers, general manager of the Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel; Jay Dardenne, lieutenant governor of Louisiana; and Gregory Rusovich, chairman of the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau. Scott Couvillon of Trumpet will moderate.

The 34th annual Tulane Business Forum is a presentation of the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, the Tulane Association of Business Alumni (TABA) and Iberiabank.

For more information about this year’s program and to register online, visit



Freeman School unveils Strategic Plan

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Over the past school year, a team of 52 members of the Freeman School community has been engaged in an intensive strategic planning effort. The purpose of this process has been to discover and refine the Freeman School’s mission, core values, capabilities and goals. The result is a comprehensive plan that builds on the Freeman School’s unique strengths to chart an ambitious course for the future.

The Strategic Planning Leadership Team consisted of faculty, staff and students as well as Tulane administrators and members of the Business School Council. Beyond these individuals, ideas and comments were solicited from the entire Freeman community, including alumni and partner organizations. All of these contributions were essential to shaping the strategic planning document.

“This effort was the most rigorous, comprehensive strategic planning process in school history,” said Dean Ira Solomon. “We hope that all of our community members will share our enthusiasm for the plan and join us as we work to implement its goals.”

The final plan is available in PDF format on the Freeman website.


Maurer appointed interim executive director of Levy-Rosenblum Institute

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Dean Ira Solomon has named Ralph Maurer, professor of practice and executive director of the Tulane Family Business Center, to a one-year appointment as interim executive director of the Freeman School’s Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship.

Ralph Maurer, professor of practice, has been named interim executive director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship.

Maurer will replace John B. Elstrott Jr., professor of practice and founding executive director of the institute, who is retiring after 25 years at the Freeman School.

Maurer joined Tulane in 2009 and has served as a visiting assistant professor of strategy & entrepreneurship and an adjunct professor of management. In July 2011, he was appointed executive director of the Tulane Family Business Center, a program of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute that offers programming,  support and consulting services for family owned enterprises. Maurer will continue to serve in that role in addition to serving as executive director of the institute.

From October 2010 to December 2011, Maurer served as executive director of the New Orleans Startup Fund, a nonprofit venture capital fund that provides local high-potential ventures with seed capital. He is also a co-founder and principal in EMH Strategy, a strategy and management consulting firm that assists businesses experiencing periods of profound change or grappling with complex and ambiguous issues.

Maurer’s teaching and research focus on innovation and strategy in highly dynamic markets, with an emphasis on both technology and the cultural industries. His work and consulting experience includes time with Apple, Daimler-Benz, Chrysler, Deluxe and multiple internet startups. Maurer earned a PhD from Stanford University, an MBA from the University of Florida, and a BS from Northwestern University.

Founded in 1991, the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship (LRI) inspires and trains prospective entrepreneurs through coursework, community service projects and internships. Students have the opportunity to work with experienced faculty members, network with a regional board of entrepreneurs and participate in a student-based entrepreneurial association that provides a training ground for business development. In 2011, the Freeman School’s entrepreneurship program was ranked 14th in the nation by Entrepreneur magazine/The Princeton Review.

TABA announces 33rd annual Tulane Business Forum

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Nationally recognized entrepreneurship expert Carl J. Schramm and Hancock Holding Co. President and CEO Carl Chaney highlight a distinguished lineup of speakers on tap for the 33rd annual Tulane Business Forum.

Carl J. Schramm

Carl Chaney

The forum, an annual presentation of the Tulane Association of Business Alumni (TABA), will take place on Friday, Sept. 28, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.

“This year’s forum, ‘Scoring Big: Building on Business Victories,’ highlights recent economic successes in the greater New Orleans region,” says David Kearney (MBA ’08), forum chair. “We’re excited to explore the idea of making American capitalism more entrepreneurial with keynote speaker Carl Schramm, and with other presentations on sports-related economic development, public policy and politics, and the regional banking sector, we hope to help attendees better understand how these business victories might impact their own organizations and activities.”

Schramm is a leading authority on entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth. As president of the Kauffman Foundation for 10 years, Schramm built the organization into the world’s premier foundation dedicated to the development of high-growth firms and understanding the role they play in economic growth.

Chaney has served as CEO and director of Hancock Holding Co., the parent company of Hancock Bank, since 2006 and as president since 2008. In 2011, he guided Hancock through its acquisition of Whitney Holding Co., parent company of Whitney Bank.

This year’s forum will also feature a panel discussion on sports and economic development with Jay Cicero, president and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation; Rick Dickson, director of athletics at Tulane University; Doug Thornton, senior vice president of SMG; and Hugh Weber, president of the New Orleans Hornets.

In addition, Beth A. Brooke, global vice chair of public policy at Ernst & Young, will discuss public policy, politics and business; John C. Sheptor, president and CEO of Imperial Sugar Co., will discuss repositioning to create value, and Scott S. Cowen, president of Tulane University, will discuss the state of intercollegiate athletics.

The 33rd annual Tulane Business Forum is sponsored by Whitney Bank and the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. For more information and to register online, visit


Freeman tops the nation in MBA employment

Friday, May 4th, 2012

The A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University is the top school in the nation for MBA employment according to the latest U.S. News & World Report survey of business schools. The job placement data were published in March as part of the magazine’s annual report on America’s best graduate schools.

In 2011, 98.1 percent of the Freeman School’s full-time MBA class who were seeking employment were employed three months after graduation. That percentage was the best of the 135 business schools that reported employment data to U.S. News and had at least 20 graduates seeking jobs.

Since 2008, the Freeman School has invested significant resources in its career services area, hiring additional corporate outreach personnel and rolling out a host of new initiatives to connect and engage with more recruiters and hiring managers.

“Placement is just one measure of an MBA program’s success, but I’m delighted to see that the hard work of our students is being rewarded,” said Ira Solomon, dean of the Freeman School. “Our Career Management Center does an outstanding job connecting students with employment opportunities, and it’s important to note that many of those opportunities have come, either directly or indirectly, from our alumni. We wouldn’t have been able to achieve this exceptional level of success without their tremendous involvement and support.”

Freeman expands relationship with China’s Zhejiang University

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

The Freeman School has signed an agreement with China’s Zhejiang University to begin admitting students from its School of Management to the Freeman School’s Master of Accounting and Master of Finance programs.

Ira SOlomon and Xiaobo Wu

Freeman School Dean Ira Solomon, left, and School of Management Executive Dean Xiaobo Wu signed an agreement in February outlining a host of joint programs and activities.

The new agreement, signed in February by Freeman School Dean Ira Solomon and School of Management Executive Dean Xiaobo Wu, expands a relationship the Freeman School had previously had exclusively with Zhejiang’s Honors College.

“Zhejiang University is one of the top universities in all of China, so it’s a privilege to be able to bring these outstanding students from the School of Management to the Freeman School,” said Dean Solomon. “These students will enhance the classroom environment, and they will also be great connections for U.S. students interested in learning about China and expanding their careers internationally.”

Since 2010, the Freeman School’s Zhejiang Advanced Placement Program (ZAPP) has admitted a select number of students from Zhejiang’s Honors College to the Master of Accounting and Master of Finance programs each year. Under this new agreement, students from the School of Management — the Freeman School’s counterpart at Zhejiang — will now be able to gain admission to those programs as well.

The partnership doesn’t stop there. In addition to the master’s programs, Dean Solomon and Executive Dean Wu signed a memorandum of understanding outlining a host of initiatives officials at Zhejiang hope to pursue with the Freeman School, including executive MBA exchange programs, joint research activities, faculty exchanges, and new energy management and Latin American programs.

“Zhejiang is very interested in Latin America, and that’s an area we have a lot of connections in,” says John Trapani, executive director of the Freeman School’s Goldring Institute of International Business, who helped draft the agreement. “We plan to assist them in setting up programs for entrepreneurs from Zhejiang to visit entrepreneurs in the southern part of Latin America, most likely Chile and Brazil.”

Located in Hangzhou, a center of entrepreneurial activity in China, Zhejiang University is widely regarded as one of the top schools in China. In its 2011-2012 survey, QS World University Rankings ranked Zhejiang as the seventh-best university in China, and in 2011 China University Rankings named Zhejiang the top university in China.

According to Trapani, a strategic partnership is in the best interest of both institutions. “Given the growing importance of China in the world, I think it will be a great benefit for us to bring these very bright students to New Orleans and let our students bond with and become friends with them,” Trapani says. “And from the perspective of the Chinese students, they’re getting a graduate degree from a prestigious U.S. institution, and U.S. business schools still represent the gold standard for management education in China. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

GMAC President and CEO Dave Wilson joins Business School Council

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Dave Wilson, president and CEO of the Graduate Management Admission Council, is the newest member of the Business School Council, the primary advisory board of the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.

Dave Wilson

GMAC is a $100 million enterprise best recognized as the owner of the Graduate Management Admission Test, presently used by approximately 5,100 business school programs around the world. Wilson has served as president and CEO since 1995.

“Dave Wilson knows more about MBA education than just about anybody on the planet,” said Ira Solomon, dean of the Freeman School. “I’m delighted that he’s agreed to join us as a member of the Business School Council.”

Wilson earned his undergraduate degree from Queen’s University in Canada, his MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and his doctorate from the University of Illinois. Prior to assuming his current position, Wilson served as managing partner and national director for professional development at Ernst & Young. From 1968 to 1978, he held faculty positions at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was awarded tenure, and at the Harvard Business School. He has published dozens of books, articles, texts, cases and monographs, and he is a chartered accountant in Canada and a certified public accountant in the United States. In 1993, the Province of Ontario honored him as a Fellow Chartered Accountant for his contribution to the profession and the community.

Wilson currently serves as executive chairman of the British North-American Committee and is a director of the Atlantic Council. He serves on the boards of two public companies, Barnes & Noble Inc. and CoreSite Realty Corp.


Freeman and SENO announce PitchNOLA 2011

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Got an idea to improve life in New Orleans? Enter PitchNOLA and you could win $1,000 to help make it a reality.

Alan Fisher of GTC NOLA, a green transportation company, makes his pitch at last year’s PitchNOLA competition.

Budding entrepreneurs have about a month to submit entries to PitchNOLA 2011, an “elevator-pitch” competition for ventures designed to effect positive social or environmental change in New Orleans.

Now in its third year, the contest gives local social entrepreneurs the chance to pitch breakthrough ideas to a panel of celebrity judges and an audience of more than 200 business professionals, social activists and community members.

The competition takes place at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, at Freeman Auditorium in the Woldenberg Art Center on Tulane University’s uptown campus. To enter, individuals or teams must submit a one- to three-minute YouTube video pitch and a 500-word proposal online at by 11:59 p.m., Sept. 7. The top 10 proposals will earn a spot in the live PitchNOLA competition at Tulane. Anyone interested in participating as an audience member may visit this same website to register to attend. The audience plays a key role in the competition by providing constructive criticism and helping entrants better connect with resources and contacts.

“The Freeman School of Business is delighted to partner with PitchNOLA to give entrepreneurs a platform to not only hone their presentation skills but to engage and inspire the community with their innovative ideas for social change here in New Orleans,” said Ira Solomon, dean of the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane.

The individual or team with the most innovative idea will win $1,000 plus executive mentorship, consulting and pro-bono technical assistance from Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans (SENO). A second $500 prize will be given to the audience’s favorite pitch.

PitchNOLA is sponsored by SENO, Tulane Social Entrepreneurship Initiatives and Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business. For more information about the competition, visit

Ira Solomon named new dean of Freeman School

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Ira Solomon, the R.C. Evans Endowed Chair in Business and head of the Department of Accountancy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named the new dean of the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. The appointment is effective June 1.

Ira Solomon

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor Ira Solomon has been named the new dean of the A. B. Freeman School of Business.

Tulane President Scott Cowen made the announcement on Monday, March 21, culminating a nine-month national search led by Professor of Finance Sheri Tice and Tulane Provost Michael Bernstein.

A leading scholar in his field, Solomon has been a primary architect in creating what is widely regarded as one of the finest accountancy programs in the country.

Solomon received his BBA, MPA and PhD in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. He initially held faculty appointments at the University of Arizona before moving to the University of Illinois in 1983.

Throughout a distinguished career, Solomon has focused his research and teaching on external auditing and attestation. He has published more than 35 scholarly articles, monographs and books, many of which have been recognized for their innovation and impact by organizations such as the American Accounting Association (AAA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has served as an associate editor of The Accounting Review and Accounting Horizons and is currently on the editorial boards of numerous journals. He is also a vice president of the AAA and has previously served as research director of its Auditing Section, vice president of its Academic Section and its president. The AAA recognized Solomon as the Outstanding Auditing Educator of 1997. Also, in 1997, 2000 and 2003, the AAA Auditing Section recognized him for Outstanding Dissertation Supervision. In 2009, he received a Special Award of Merit by the Illinois CPA Society and recognition by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education.

Solomon will replace Angelo DeNisi, the Albert Harry Cohen Chair in Business Administration, who has served as dean of the Freeman School since July 2005. DeNisi will join the faculty at the business school.

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