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APSU establishes new Center for Entrepreneurship

4/26/2013

With initial funding from two businesses in Tennessee, the Austin Peay State University College of Business will establish the Center for Entrepreneurship to challenge students beyond the classroom and bridge community business with future business leaders from all areas of interest.

A formal gift announcement to jumpstart the venture is planned for 11 a.m., Friday, May 3 in the Gentry Auditorium, located in the Kimbrough Building on the main campus. The public is invited to attend.

The Center for Entrepreneurship will help students develop strong business plans. Delta Dental of Tennessee and Civic Bank and Trust, both located in Nashville, are contributing $25,000 each to support APSU students in new business development.

Tom Perry, chief financial officer at Delta Dental, graduated in 1973 from the APSU College of Business, four years after his brother Robert Perry, president and chief executive officer of Civic Bank and Trust, also graduated from APSU. Both brothers also serve on the APSU College of Business Advisory Board.

Dr. William Rupp, dean of the College of Business, will provide additional details about the Center for Entrepreneurship at the announcement. - Dr. Melony Shemberger