Ohio Wesleyan Names Smith Director of Entrepreneurial Center

DELAWARE, Ohio – Phillip Smith has been named director of the Delaware Entrepreneurial Center at Ohio Wesleyan University. He joined the university staff Jan. 16 and continues to develop the facility as a regional center of innovation.

Smith reports jointly to Megan Ellis, M.Ed., executive director of the OWU Connection, and David Markwardt, Ph.D., associate dean of the OWU Connection.

“Phil’s entrepreneurial spirit, strong collaboration and communication skills, immense drive, and proven success in taking organizations to new heights made him a stand-out candidate in a deep pool,” Ellis and Markwardt said in announcing Smith’s hire.

The Delaware Entrepreneurial Center at Ohio Wesleyan University opened in fall 2018 and is a collaboration among the university, Delaware County, and city of Delaware. It is the nation’s first such collaboration among a small liberal arts university and the surrounding city and county.

Smith previously worked for nearly 15 years at the Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of America, most recently as its director of support services.

Before joining the Boy Scouts, Smith served as the president, CEO, or senior partner of three media-related companies, most recently the Farmer+Yoakam Advertising Agency in Pemberville, Ohio. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Bowling Green State University.

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