Former trustee to serve as fifth executive-in-residence

Nearly four decades ago, Tim Cooper '73 sat in Professor Ed Osborne's class learning the principles of accounting.

During the 2009-10 academic year, Cooper, a former Marietta College Board of Trustee Chair, will once again join his professor in the classroom. This time, the two men - both retired - will team-teach an entrepreneurship and leadership course through the McDonough Center for Business and Leadership's Executive-in-Residence Program.

Cooper retired in 2000 from Arthur Andersen, where he was a partner in charge of audit practice. He also owned the North Carolina-based company, Smoky Mountain Trains LLC, which he sold in 2006.

"We are very excited that Mr. Cooper will serve as our next executive-in-residence," said Dr. Gama Perruci, Dean of McDonough. "He has extensive leadership experience in the business sector and will be able to share that knowledge with our students. His focus on entrepreneurship will allow students to think in terms of their own plans after graduation. I think, by then, the economy will be thriving again and our students will be eager to develop their business plans and develop their own career opportunities."

At the start of the 2009-10 academic year, Cooper will visit campus to meet with participating students about the course. During the spring semester, he and Osborne will co-teach Leadership 307, which focuses on Leadership and entrepreneurship.

"The co-teaching model has been successfully used before in the McDonough Executive-in-Residence Program," Perruci said. "In the fall of 2004, Mr. Henry Jelinek, Jr. '68, president and CEO of Jelinek Cork Group, co-taught LEAD 307 with a focus on international business leadership." Jelinek was the McDonough Center's first executive-in-residence.

Perruci said the main purpose of the EIR program is to allow a senior business leader to spend a meaningful period of time on campus interacting with students and faculty. "The executive-in-residence shares his or her own perspective on leadership, drawn from his or her experience in the business world. In turn, students and faculty have an opportunity to gain their own insights through their interaction with the EIR."

Past visiting executives include Jelinek, Robert Peterson '76, Barbara Fitzgerald '73 and Kevin Henning '69.

"I am looking forward to this unique opportunity to co-instruct with Prof. Ed Osborne in our Entrepreneurial Leadership Seminar," Cooper said. "Thirty-eight years ago, I was a student of Prof. Osborne, and now we will jointly share in the classroom our experiences in working with and observing entrepreneurs in their endeavors to create their own businesses."