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Len Jessup

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Len Jessup, Ph.D.

Eller College Dean
Halle Chair in Leadership
Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Len Jessup — Dean, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Halle Chair in Leadership — joined his alma mater, the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management, in May 2011.

In 2000, Jessup was recruited from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University to head the Department of MIS at Washington State University (WSU). During more than a decade at WSU, he served in a variety of leadership roles, including Dean of the College of Business, Vice President of University Development, and President of the WSU Foundation. His most recent roles were Chair of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Information Systems and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

In his role at the WSU Foundation, Jessup led the transformation of the university’s fundraising efforts, which resulted in doubling its overall fundraising totals and achieving record numbers of donors. During his tenure, the university received a commitment for the largest gift in its history and initiated its largest comprehensive campaign.

Jessup served as Dean of the College of Business at WSU and Philip L. Kays Distinguished Professor in Management Information Systems from 2002-2005. As Dean, he led a complete, two-year reengineering of the business program which resulted in the successful AACSB reaccreditation of the College in spring 2004. Under his leadership, the College of Business embarked on a new strategic plan to lead a university-wide Entrepreneurship and Innovation Initiative, driven by the College of Business and its nationally-recognized entrepreneurship program.

Jessup has taught in entrepreneurship, management, and information systems, and has published, presented, and consulted on electronic commerce, computer-supported collaborative work, technology-supported teaching and learning, emerging information technologies, entrepreneurship, leadership, commercialization, technology transfer, and related topics.

His research is aimed at helping people better understand, commercialize, and manage emerging technologies, and other innovations. Recent work includes papers on open innovation, commercialization of radical innovation, new venture strategies, and social entrepreneurship. He has served as an associate editor of MIS Quarterly and as reviewer and editor on over a dozen other journals and conferences.

Jessup received his B.A. in information and communication studies in 1983 and his MBA in 1985, both from California State University, Chico. He earned his Ph.D. in organizational behavior and management information systems from the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management in 1989, and was awarded the Outstanding Ph.D. Alumnus Award in 2004.

He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and has two children.

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