How Entrepreneurial is Your School?

Today’s USA Today Sports Section (online for sure) features a story on GMU professor’s who have made huge breakthroughs in anti-doping testing. The article highlights how entrepreneurial George Mason is as an institution. From the article by AJ Perez:

Two GMU professors whose primary interest had been cancer research developed the first urine test for human growth hormone. Working outside the Olympic movement, outside the traditional research environment of a university-backed teaching hospital, and 20 miles outside the university’s main campus in Fairfax, Va., Emanuel “Chip” Petricoin and Lance Liotta moved directly to the forefront of international sports’ anti-doping efforts. They also furthered — at least for now — their university’s high-risk, high-reward pursuit of national renown and future income.

“From the early days at GMU, it’s taken an entrepreneurial spirit,” says Alan Merten, the university’s fifth president since its founding in 1972. “You don’t go from nowhere to a school this large in 36 years without that kind of mind-set.”

3 thoughts on “How Entrepreneurial is Your School?

  1. Will

    Do you think the age of the university plays a role in emphasizing entrepreneurship? i.e. Students and facility being more risk seeking to forge a national identity.

  2. Will

    Do you think the age of the university plays a role in emphasizing entrepreneurship? i.e. Students and facility being more risk seeking to forge a national identity.

  3. i think that can have an influence — gmu in many ways being a perfect case of that… other issues may be competition and regional ‘personality’….

    UVA and VTU have wanted to crush GMU from the get go (from what I hear) and through the tenacity of its leadership to the strengthening position of NOVA in state politics, GMU has been able to chart a very high growth path to today.

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