AUBURN – Auburn University’s Center for Governmental Services, a unit within University Outreach, has named John Sibley Butler as its 2008-09 Senior Fellow. The center’s program recognizes experienced practitioners, academicians and researchers for their significant contributions to excellence in government.
Requirements for senior fellow status include extensive experience, prominence and recognized contributions in public affairs. Butler is professor and administrator at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds the Gale Chair in Entrepreneurship and Small Business in the Graduate School of Business and the Herb Kelleher Chair in Entrepreneurship. He is the director of the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship and the director of the Institute for Innovation and Creativity.
“Center for Governmental Services Senior Fellows utilize their expertise to engage in research while increasing funding opportunities that will improve the quality of public policy for the state of Alabama,” said Don-Terry Veal, the center’s director. “As a primary component of the senior fellow recognition, Dr. Butler will assist with and provide guidance to the center within the areas of public-private partnerships; alliances between universities, governments and the private sector, and issues of providing added value in working with and within the public sector.”
Butler received his undergraduate education from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. His research is in the areas of organizational behavior and entrepreneurship, new ventures, and immigrant and minority entrepreneurship. For the last seven summers, Butler has occupied the Distinguished Visiting Professor position at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan, where he lectures on new venture start-ups and general entrepreneurship.
As senior fellow, Butler will also support the efforts of the 2009 Governmental Excellence and Best Practices Conference on Governmental Transparency being provided by the center. The conference will be held in New Orleans, La., in the spring of 2009. Butler also will contribute to the organization and development of the Global Transparency Alliance on Governments.