As part of a comprehensive effort to position the Madden School of Business as a global leader in the rapidly growing field of social entrepreneurship, W. Michael Short has been named social entrepreneur in residence for the school.

Externally funded through the Center for Global Engagement and Impact within the Madden School of Business, the social entrepreneur in residence will coordinate with students and faculty in the planning and development of social entrepreneurship initiatives, opportunities and programming on the local, national and international level. Short is currently working on several projects nationally with universities and organizations that have engaged nearly 250 students and been highlighted by the Huffington Post. Locally he is also engaging students at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the Whitman School of Management.

“With its focus on helping others in society through sustainable and impactful initiatives, social entrepreneurship fits perfectly with the mission of Le Moyne College,” said President Linda LeMura. “As a Jesuit college, we are committed to identifying and developing opportunities that will foster a more just and equitable society, concepts that are at the very core of social entrepreneurship.”

“Michael has a wealth of experience and keen insight into social entrepreneurship and the potential it has to change people’s lives,” said Dean Jim Joseph ’83. “Our students will benefit greatly from the types of initiatives that he will develop in collaboration with the Madden School.”

Short will split his time between his work at the Madden School and Short Enterprises, a boutique consultancy he founded in 2011 that now has international reach and specializes in public affairs, strategic communications, and sustainable development. With a focus on outcomes-oriented public relations, the firm has helped procure $6 million in development-related grants, incentives, and equivalents for a diverse array of clients pursuing initiatives that address key social, environmental, and community challenges. Short is currently expanding the company in New York City.

"There are number of exciting efforts in development that will truly enrich the learning experiences for students and provide priceless opportunities for engaged scholarship in a field aimed toward solving world challenges and helping others," said Short. "The key to successful social entrepreneurship is having good partners on your side, and I couldn't ask to be working with more inspirational and visionary individuals than Dr. LeMura, Dean Joseph, Dr. Bernard Arogyaswamy, John Liddy, Tracy Couto and Lisa Lessun. I look forward to working closely with them and everyone at Le Moyne."

Described in the Christian Science Monitor as being “at the crossroads between profit-based growth and not-for-profit ideals of changing the world for the better,” the growth of social entrepreneurship over the past decade has been significant. To learn more, see coverage in the Harvard Business Review, on NPR and in The Economist.