Van G.H. Clouse

Cobb Family Professor of Entrepreneurship

College of Business

Van G.H. Clouse, Ph.D., is an associate professor of management. He co-founded the integrative master of business administration program in 1993 and has been actively involved in developing and building the entrepreneurship emphasis in the College of Business.

The integrative MBA is a two-year, 50.5-credit hour program focusing on entrepreneurship. Students in the program develop a plan for either a startup company or a new venture within an existing organization.

Clouse teaches opportunity discovery, new venture creation, business plan development, corporate and global strategy, bringing to the classroom more than seven years of personal experience as the manager of a multi-unit food-service company in South Carolina and Georgia and another six years as owner and president of a resort management firm.

Clouse co-founded and serves as a faculty coach for the college's business plan competition program that trains MBA teams to enter national contests. He also started the College of Business New Venture Competition, which awards prize money to the top three MBA new-business plan teams.

He earned his bachelor's degree from Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., and his master's and doctoral degrees from Clemson University. He joined the faculty of the College of Business in 1986.