Dr. Carmen Calabrese will become the executive director of the Thomas Family Center for Entrepreneurship at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke on November 1.
Dr. Calabrese, a faculty member in the School of Business and director of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, will continue teaching duties in small business management and entrepreneurship. At the Entrepreneurship Center he will reach out to assist new and developing small businesses.
“This is a marvelous opportunity for me to continue assisting in the development of entrepreneurship on both the academic and real world sides,” Dr. Calabrese said. “We will bring to bear the resources of the University, its graduate and undergraduate students and agencies, such as UNCP’s Regional Center and Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), for the economic development of the region.”
The Thomas Family Entrepreneurship Center was established by a grant from Pembroke native and Los Angeles real estate developer Jim Thomas. Located at COMtech park, the center is also home to Dr. Mike Menefee, the Thomas Family Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, who is working to develop curricula for academic programs in entrepreneurship.
Dr. Eric Dent, dean of the School of Business, said “Mr. Thomas’s second generous gift allows the Thomas Center to have a greater ability to impact entrepreneurship in this region. I am very excited about what will happen with two accomplished professionals such as Drs. Calabrese and Menefee working to foster entrepreneurship.”
Dr. Calabrese has a Ph.D. in engineering and lengthy experience in business start-ups and international business. He implemented UNCP’s first full-time MBA program and instituted hands-on training programs for students in small business development.
“What I will be doing at the Thomas Center is an extension of what we have been doing in the MBA program,” Dr. Calabrese said. “The Entrepreneurship Center will be a resource for the University’s academic programs in entrepreneurship and small business management.”
Ultimately, Dr. Calabrese will create a business incubator to support the success and growth of new businesses.
“The Thomas Family Entrepreneurship Center will take the University to the forefront of the development of business resources,” he said. “The potential is here, and our role is to help develop it.”
To contact the Thomas Family Center for Entrepreneurship, please call 910.775.4208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.