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USASBE names Walls a Justin G. Longenecker Fellow

Jan 23, 2024
Mindy Walls

The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) has selected Mindy Walls, Director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program at Waynesburg University, as a Justin G. Longenecker Fellow.

Selection as a USASBE Justin G. Longenecker Fellow is the highest recognition that USASBE gives to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development, furtherance and benefit of small and medium businesses. The Longenecker Fellow designation recognizes the achievements of men and women whose passion and burning desire for small business and entrepreneurship is reflected in their teaching, writing, training and public service.

At Waynesburg University, Walls is also the W. Robert Stover Chair for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Chairperson for the Business Administration Department and Associate Professor of Business Administration.

Since joining Waynesburg University in 2018, Walls has developed an award-winning Entrepreneurship Leadership Program with curricular and co-curricular programming for students of all majors.

In 2023, Waynesburg University’s eHIVE, an Entrepreneurial Hub for Innovative Ventures and Endeavors, was awarded the Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Center by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC), and in 2022, the Entrepreneurial Leadership Program was presented with the Rising Star Award for Excellence in Curriculum Innovation in Entrepreneurship at the 11th Annual Deshpande Symposium.

Walls has experience in strategic management and university-level teaching, and a diverse background in entrepreneurship, law, public affairs and the development of academic programs.


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

Consistently ranked a best value school, Waynesburg University’s Strategy for the 21st Century affirms its commitment to developing an entrepreneurial mindset and ethical leadership skills for all students. Rooted in its mission of faith, learning and service, the private, Christian university is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with an additional site for graduate and professional programs in Southpointe.

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