Dennis Slevin Named Inaugural Holder of Tom W. Olofson Chair In Entrepreneurial Studies

Issue Date: 
October 12, 2009

The University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business has named Dennis Slevin the inaugural holder of the Tom W. Olofson Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies. Slevin, a professor of business administration in the Katz School, will lead the initiative to enhance entrepreneurship instruction to complement the outreach provided by the school’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

The chair was established by Pitt alumnus Tom Olofson and his wife, Jeanne, who donated $1.5 million to the University through the Tom W. and Jeanne H. Olofson Foundation.

“Dennis Slevin is the ideal person to lead our entrepreneurship initiative,” says John T. Delaney, dean of the Katz School. “He is a recognized scholar in entrepreneurship, has great business experience, and is well connected to our region’s venture businesses. His appointment to the Olofson Chair is well deserved and has generated excitement at Pitt and in the community.”