North Carolina Wesleyan College has named David Walker, a business professor at the college, as interim director of its new Eastern North Carolina Center for Business & Entrepreneurship. The Center, which Wesleyan announced last August, will be housed in a classroom building to be constructed on campus south of the Gateway Technology Center at the college entrance on North Wesleyan Blvd. Construction is slated to begin in 2014.
As interim director, Walker will head the Center’s efforts to strengthen small business development in Eastern North Carolina and foster entrepreneurial jobs in the region.
Wesleyan President Jim Gray said, “David Walker has the knowledge and experience to launch programs at the new Center and to educate, motivate and empower the region’s next generation of entrepreneurs. A community outreach component of the Center will focus on regional job creation. Other services will include mentoring, networking opportunities, research and consulting services, and formation of an advisory committee of entrepreneurs and business leaders.”
Walker is an experienced corporate executive, educator, and entrepreneur. His corporate career includes 18 years in the area of captive finance, many years of which he operated in positions such as vice president, general manager and director.
Walker continues to work as an entrepreneur and has been an award-winning multiple unit franchise owner who has helped others become self-employed. Also an independent consultant, he facilitates for large corporations and universities in the areas of leadership, empowerment, and team building.
In addition, Walker has taught multiple business related courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels and continues to teach courses in the areas of entrepreneurship, finance, leadership and business. Walker will also be the primary facilitator for a new program entitled “FastTrac New Venture,” which is focused towards helping Veterans develop new entrepreneurial ventures. This program was developed by the Kauffman Foundation and is a new joint venture between the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce and Wesleyan
Gray added, “The college wants to develop the most highly regarded undergraduate program in Eastern North Carolina with an extreme focus on entrepreneurship. The Center will help the local region create jobs and prosper by helping communities develop new entrepreneurial ventures. We are pleased that David Walker will work with us to help accomplish that.”