FSU Panama City to offer bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship

Becky Kelly

FSU Panama City will offer a new bachelor’s degree program in commercial entrepreneurship beginning fall 2017.

The program, which is housed under Florida State’s Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship, will prepare tomorrow’s entrepreneurs for the difficult financial, ethical, legal and global competitive challenges of the future. The curriculum combines case-study learning and opportunities for innovative, hands-on application in specialized topics, such as technology commercialization, strategy formulation, organizational design and venture finance.

“This new degree in entrepreneurship is designed to foster creativity and professionalism for future business leaders,” FSU Panama City Dean Randy Hanna said. “We look forward to developing more programs that will serve students from Bay County and the surrounding areas.”

“It gives me great joy to see the inception of this program and to be a part of serving our students in Bay County and all of the surrounding areas,” said Jim Dever, Ph.D., FSU Panama City’s Entrepreneur in Residence. “The program will provide a foundation to students with a desire to create and operate their own businesses while earning a bachelor’s degree from a world-class university. I am excited beyond belief to be a part of this fantastic program and to watch our students excel as entrepreneurs.”

The Jim Moran School for Entrepreneurship was developed thanks to a transformational $100 million gift from The Jim Moran Foundation, the largest gift in Florida State University history.

“At Florida State, we are focusing hard on graduate success,” FSU President John Thrasher said when the gift was announced. “The Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship and the Jim Moran Institute, in conjunction with Florida State University, will become the focal point for collegiate entrepreneurial education and the lifeline for training and assistance to entrepreneurs, small businesses and nonprofits. The continuation of Jim Moran’s generosity is an investment in our students, our businesses and our state.”