Faculty & Staff

  • Dr. Clay Dibrell
  • Dr. Rich Gentry
  • Cobie
  • Owens Alexander
  • Dr. Robert Robinson
  • Dr. John Berns
  • Dr. Maria Gondo
  • Dr. Paul Johnson
  • Jeremy Schoen
  • Dr. Clay Dibrell

    Executive Director

    Dr. Clay Dibrell is the Executive Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at The University of Mississippi, a Professor of Management, holder of the William W. Gresham, Jr. Entrepreneurial Professorship, and a US Fulbright Scholar. He earned his Ph.D. from The University of Memphis where he majored in Strategic Management and minored in International […]

    Dr. Rich Gentry

    Director

    Richard J. Gentry is an Associate Professor in the Management Department at the University of Mississippi.  Rich earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2006, focusing on corporate strategy and entrepreneurship.  Rich also holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering (With honors) from the University of Florida. Before abandoning industry, […]

    Cobie

    Director of Student and Alumni Programs

        Cobie Watkins joined the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) as the Director of Student and Alumni Programs in September 2015. Coming from a family of entrepreneurs and having worked in the family business, Cobie has taken the lessons learned from them and applied them to developing student entrepreneurship programs which embrace matching creativity […]

    Owens Alexander

    Entrepreneur-in-Residence

    Owens Alexander serves as an Adjunct Instructor of Management in the University of Mississippi School of Business Administration and as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Ole Miss. Alexander has had a long career as an entrepreneur and corporate executive.  Most recently he was the Co-Founder, Director and Chief Executive Officer […]

    Dr. Robert Robinson

    Chair, Department of Management | Michael S. Starnes Professor of Management   

    Robert K. Robinson is the Michael S. Starnes Professor of Management in the School of Business Administration at The University of Mississippi where he has been on the faculty since 1990. He earned his Ph.D. in Personnel Administration and Industrial Relations (Human Resource Management) from the University of North Texas in 1988. Professor Robinson is […]

    Dr. John Berns

    Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

    Dr. John P. Berns is an Assistant Professor of Management in the School of Business Administration at the University of Mississippi. His research interests include entrepreneurship, venture financing, and corporate governance.

    Dr. Maria Gondo

    Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

    Dr. Maria Gondo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management at the University of Mississippi.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Memphis.  Her areas of research interest include strategy implementation, organizational and institutional change, and entrepreneurship. Her research has been published in journals such as Academy of Management Review, Health Care […]

    Dr. Paul Johnson

    Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

    Dr. Paul Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Mississippi. He earned his Ph.D. in Management from Oklahoma State University, and he subsequently spent five years at Western Carolina University. Paul’s work focuses on motivation, creativity, and innovation processes, and has had his work published in the Journal of Management, Journal […]

    Jeremy Schoen

    Assistant Professor

    Jeremy Schoen is an Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship in the School of Business Administration at the University of Mississippi. He received his PhD from the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He specializes in the measurement and use of implicit aspects of personality to predict workplace performance. His work […]

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