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Madden School of Business Names John Liddy Interim Director of the Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship


John Liddy, who has served the past year as the entrepreneur-in-residence for the Madden School of Business, has been named interim director of the Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation, one of three centers of excellence within the school.

“As a practitioner, educator and facilitator, John is one of the nation’s leading experts on entrepreneurism,” said Jim Joseph, incoming dean of the Madden School. “He is the ideal person to develop and execute a strategic plan for the Keenan Center to create a cutting-edge, multi-dimensional experience to benefit not just students but the business community in this region and beyond.”

“I’m excited about the tremendous potential that exists to establish the Keenan Center as a place where entrepreneurs come to discuss their ideas and thoughts with students and other community members,” said Liddy. “In a very real sense, the opportunity to develop an entrepreneurship center from the ground up is truly an entrepreneur’s dream.”

Liddy brings to this role 20 years of experience as an operations executive, most recently serving as general manager of Suburban Propane, a public company in the oil and energy industry. His areas of expertise include strategic planning, operational efficiency, profit and loss management, financial analysis, and organizational development. He began his professional life as an entrepreneur, helping develop and launch multiple start-up companies and transforming them into successful, profitable operations.

As the Madden School’s entrepreneur-in-residence, Liddy links students and alumni working on innovative business ventures to local, regional and national resources that can aid them in making the transition from idea to company. He also teaches “Entrepreneurial Strategy: The Innovative Firm” and “Idea to Start-up.”

In addition to his work at Le Moyne, Liddy serves as director of the Student Sandbox at The Tech Garden in Syracuse, which helps burgeoning entrepreneurs put their ideas into practice. He was selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration as an instructor for the organization’s prestigious se200 executive education program. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in business administration from Syracuse University.

Named for Kathleen Keenan, ’81, and her husband Timothy P. Keenan, the Keenan Family Foundation’s $1 million gift in 2013 established the Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity. The goal of the center is to foster a program of business practices in which creativity and innovation enhance the sustainability of entrepreneurial ideas. Students and the community will benefit from the expertise that this center will offer as well as its interdisciplinary focus. Key to its success will be the establishment of collaborative relationships with a variety of partners, including other disciplines at Le Moyne, the local community of entrepreneurs, larger for- and not-for-profit organizations, alumni, regional development agencies, and similar Jesuit centers in the U.S. and abroad.

Among the differentiating features of the Center will be efforts to bring significant focus to social entrepreneurship that serves our local and global communities. This focus is aligned with the College’s Jesuit mission to the underserved, promoting the common good and conducting business with the highest ethical standards. Examples of this focus already in action include engagement with the northside of Syracuse and strengthening the commitment to service activities in Ariang, South Sudan, where graduate Gabriel Bol Deng led efforts to build a school.

Launched in 2012, the Madden School of Business at Le Moyne is comprised of seven majors and a master’s program in business administration. It is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. The School features three center of excellence – the Center for Reflective Leadership and Business Ethics, the Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity, and the Center for Global Business.
posted on: 11/21/2013