UWF Center for Entrepreneurship names director


The University of West Florida announces Joel R. “Rick” Duke as founding director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of West Florida College of Business.

In July 2015, UWF announced the formation of the Center for Entrepreneurship through a $1 million gift commitment from Quint and Rishy Studer. The Center will encourage and support educational initiatives related to entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking while serving as a comprehensive resource for economic innovation for students, industry and community partners. The Center is housed in the UWF College of Business, and Duke will report to Dr. Tim O’Keefe, dean of the College of Business.

“We are truly excited to welcome Rick Duke as founding director of our new Center for Entrepreneurship,” said O’Keefe. “Rick brings with him a wealth of experience from his leadership positions in entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development at several high-profile organizations. His proven abilities to marshal resources, craft and lead effective organizational frameworks, and build strategic partnerships are the precise combination of skills needed to successfully launch our new center.”