Executive in Residence
The Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship
welcomes its second Executive in Residence
What is an Executive in Residence?
The Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship will be hosting its first Executive-in-Residence program for the 2011-2012 academic year. The goal of the program is to build on the success of our current alumni mentoring program and deepen the opportunity for student connection through more frequent and informal access to seasoned and accomplished leaders dedicated to sharing their experience and expertise.
The McNeely Executive in Residence will engage with students, faculty and staff in a range of activities including mentor sessions with students to provide advice on ventures and career opportunities; class presentations and discussions with student groups, faculty and staff; and informal lunches and suppers with students. The Executive in Residence will also engage with the McNeely Center Advisory Committee on key topics of mutual interest. The Executive in Residence may also use their time on campus towards developing their own new venture as well creating resources for the Center such as articles, videos or related projects that can help students in their lifelong pursuit of entrepreneurship.
As our first Executive in Residence and a previous Mentor-of-the-Year for the Center, Bill Pelfrey is committed to helping us develop and establish the program and framing it for future generations. He will be making a substantial contribution of his time on campus and in addition to his office hours Wednesday afternoons at St. John's, he will also be available at St. Ben's from 5-6:30 at O'Connell's Pub for informal conversations and discussions.
R. PATRICK MAXWELL
Mr. Maxwell has over 40 years of experience as an entrepreneur, executive and a turnaround management specialist, in both the business and non-profit sectors. He has held various management positions including: Board Chairman, Director, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Vice President and General Counsel. He has served as Executive Director of two membership associations and one charitable organization. He has started, bought or led 20 businesses and non-profits. The areas he has worked in include: manufacturing, insurance, personnel placement, education, business services, food, medical, legal, membership and charitable services. These organizations are located throughout the United States, Europe and the Pacific Rim. Mr. Maxwell has served on numerous Boards of Directors of both business and charitable organizations. He has a B.A. in philosophy from St. John's University and a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law.
Click here to read the bio of our past Executive in Residence, Bill Pelfrey.