The Douglas C. Greene Scholarship was established in 1995, and it is designated for worthy students pursuing interests in entrepreneurship during the course of their education at Marietta College. Mr. Greene, a 1962 graduate of Marietta, where he received both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, has been a highly successful entrepreneur during his career. The scholarship is awarded annually to students majoring in the Department of Business & Economics.
Greene’s career includes being an 'intra-preneur', an 'entre-preneur' and then 'solo-preneur' turning around under-performing businesses and developing consumer products throughout his 50-year business career. Now, Greene's mission is to share his 50 years of management and entrepreneurial experiences with college and university students, public forums lecturing and making 2 unique P/P presentations, encouraging a cross-campus discipline in understanding the fundamentals of business and entrepreneurship. Greene started this mission 16 years ago at Southeast Missouri State University with the naming of the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship after him. Greene started this mission 16 years ago at Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) with the naming of the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship after him. He has made presentations at SEMO, Portland State University, Clark Community and Marietta College.
One of his greatest successes was in the development of “radio-frequency”, remote controls for the fireplace industry, with 25 different remote-control systems that would retrofit US, Canadian and European gas logs and fireplaces. Nicknamed, “The Father of Fireplace Remotes”, Mr. Greene grew the Skytech brand into a worldwide, innovative, and profitable business venture.
As a "serial entrepreneur" Mr. Greene, having failed unsuccessfully at retirement four times, continues to develop new products and invest in new technologies, as a partner and/or consultant. His PROBLEM/SOLUTION/OPPORTUNITY approach to building companies and new products has served him well.
Greene is currently trying to highlight the disparity and shortage of skilled labor encouraging Universities and Colleges to consider collaborating with Community /Junior colleges and trade schools to expose students to learning about the opportunities and careers in the skilled trades and applied technology sectors. He has published a paper entitled “BUILDING A SKILLED TRADES CENTER” and will be the lead donor in this new facility opening in early 2023.
- Recent Recipients of Douglas Greene Scholarship