Melton Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Department of Management

The Entrepreneurship faculty has been selected to represent both academia and practical approaches to entrepreneurship. The student receives the best that the textbook and experience have to offer in the classroom.

Mark Weaver, Ph. D, Ben May Chair of Entrepreneurship, founding director of the Melton Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Dr. Weaver is an internationally known scholar and formerly served as the Thomas H. Daigre Endowed Chair at Louisiana State University. He teaches MGT 345 and MGT 483.

William Gillis, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Management teaching Strategic Management. He studies franchising from both the franchisee and franchisor perspective he also teaches MGT 356.

Ronald Eastburn, Ph.D. Assistant Professor in the Department of Management. Dr. Eastburn served as President and CEO for SunTrust Bankcard N.A. prior to joining the Mitchell College of Business as a Visiting Executive Lecturer in 2005. He teaches Business Policy, the capstone course in the Mitchell College of Business and the MGT 355.

John Gamble, Ph.D. Received his Ph.D. in Strategic Management and Human Resources Management from the University of Alabama in 1995. His research focuses on strategic and human resources issues in various industries. He currently teaches the MGT 465.

David Turnipseed, Ph.D. Chair of the Department of Management in the Mitchell College of Business. Dr. Turnipseed is the author of the management textbook, A handbook for organizational citizenship behavior: A review of 'good soldier' activity in organizations. He teaches MGT 492.


A student enrolled in the MCOB Entrepreneurship concentration receives two special benefits.

The first benefit is that a student can bring in their ideas and dreams to test with other students and with faculty who have real experience.

The second benefit is the opportunity to work on real field projects with businesses in the local community and help develop hands on strategic plans and offer other consulting services.