During its annual meeting held virtually Jan. 29, the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) officially transitioned its board of directors from an operating board to a governing board, and announced Mindy Walls as its Inaugural Board Chair for the first half of 2021.
Walls is the W. Robert Stover Chair for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program and Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Waynesburg University.
“We are thrilled that Mindy has accepted the role of Board Chair at this critical moment in USASBE’s history,” said Julienne Shields, president and CEO of USASBE. “Her long history with USASBE and passion for embracing the organization’s endeavor to professionalize its governance and operations are vital.”
The USASBE Board of Directors, led by Walls, has a full workload to operationalize a functioning committee structure during her tenure which goes until the start of the next fiscal year in July 2021.
“I am so excited to continue USASBE's great work,” Walls said. “Our new structure allows for more opportunity for member engagement in the governance of the organization and also has allowed us to develop year-round virtual programming.”
Founded in 1981, the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) is an inclusive community of educators, researchers, and entrepreneurs advancing entrepreneurship education through bold teaching, scholarship, and practice. Membership is open to all, as is attendance at USASBE’s hallmark annual conference. USASBE also publishes a peer-reviewed academic journal, Entrepreneurship Education & Pedagogy, and develops a variety of helpful resources and professional development opportunities for entrepreneurship educators as they create a positive impact.
About Waynesburg University
Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with an additional site for graduate and professional studies in Southpointe. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.