SOURCE: Harvard Business School

September 09, 2009 09:00 ET

Four Entrepreneurs Take Up Residence at Harvard Business School

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - September 9, 2009) - Each year, Harvard Business School invites entrepreneurs to become part of its community by serving as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence. This program is sponsored by the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, which offers a range of resources and programs for students interested in pursuing an entrepreneurial career. The Entrepreneur-in-Residence program exemplifies the School's commitment to infusing the MBA curriculum with an entrepreneurial point of view. The program asks accomplished entrepreneurs to commit to either a semester or full academic year, depending on their schedule, of working with faculty and students. This year's Entrepreneurs-in-Residence are:

-- Jeffrey Bussgang (MBA 1995), general partner at Flybridge Capital Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm. Bussgang will work with students interested in entrepreneurship and venture capital, as well as with Associate Professor Noam Wasserman on his second-year elective course, "Founders' Dilemmas: Money and Power in Entrepreneurial Ventures."

-- Susan Decker (MBA 1986), former president of Yahoo! Inc. Decker will work with students interested in their own ventures, as well as help Professor Tom Eisenmann and Senior Lecturer Michael Roberts develop and deliver the entrepreneurship-focused portions of the School's Immersion Experience Program (IXP) -- an off-campus, faculty-led program that takes place between the first and second terms.

-- Jim Sharpe (MBA 1976), former president of Extrusion Technology, an aluminum extrusion fabricator, which he recently sold to RFE Investment Partners, a private equity firm. Sharpe will work with students interested in buying their own business and assist Professor Paul Marshall on his elective, "Entrepreneurial Management in a Turnaround Environment."

-- Jeffrey Walker (MBA 1981), chairman of the board of Millennium Promise and former chairman and CEO of CCMP Capital, the successor to JPMorgan Partners, that bank's private equity arm. Walker will devote his efforts to working with students and faculty in the School's Social Enterprise Initiative.

"More than 60 years ago, HBS offered the country's first graduate course in entrepreneurship," said Michael Roberts, Senior Lecturer and Executive Director of the Rock Center. "Now more than 30 faculty members are dedicated to teaching, research, and course development in this field, and some 50 percent of our alumni, 10 to 15 years after they graduate from HBS, describe themselves as entrepreneurs. I am delighted to welcome this year's Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, whose experience and passion for the entrepreneurial process will contribute greatly to what our students learn here, both inside and outside the classroom."

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Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its faculty of more than 200 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and doctoral degrees, as well as more than 140 open enrollment and custom Executive Education programs. For a century, HBS faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching to educate leaders who have shaped the practice of business around the globe.

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