Students at Bradley University found a new offering in their course listings when they arrived back on campus this month to start the fall semester.
The Peoria, Ill.-based university has created the Robert and Carolyn Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, a stand-alone academic unit named for major benefactors to Bradley.
The new program, which is open to students in all disciplines, is designed to prepare them to pursue untapped opportunities and recognize how innovations can be commercialized, according to a statement.
Students will learn to think creatively and innovatively, and lead others in creating a business or social enterprise. They will network with colleagues, investors, employees and other stakeholders; evaluate opportunities and risks; and develop products or services.
The Turners previously established the Robert and Carolyn Turner Center for Entrepreneurship in 2002, and endowed the Turner Chair of Entrepreneurship in the Foster College of Business Administration.
Robert Turner, a graduate of the university and its business school, currently serves as chairman and chief investment officer of Turner Investments, a firm he co-founded in 1990. The Turner team manages some $12 billion in assets.