Rebar, Cosier named co-directors of Purdue entrepreneurship center

December 1, 2009 Phillip Fiorini

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Two top Purdue University administrators have been named to lead the university's Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship in Discovery Park.

Alan Rebar

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Alan Rebar, senior associate vice president for research and executive director of Discovery Park, and Richard Cosier, dean and Leeds Professor at the Krannert School of Management, will assume the role as center co-directors. The appointments are effective immediately.

Rebar will continue in his current administrative roles in addition to his new duties. Cosier, who announced in October that he was stepping down as dean on June 30, also will continue to serve as Krannert's Leeds Professor.

The Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship is Purdue's interdisciplinary hub for entrepreneurship, playing a key role in facilitating business development for emerging concepts and technologies stemming from university research.

Rebar, who served as dean of Purdue's School of Veterinary Medicine from 1996-2005, was named Discovery Park's executive director and senior associate vice president for research in January 2006. Rebar, who grew up in Elkhart, Ind., joined the Purdue faculty in 1976 as assistant professor of clinical pathology. He received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 1973 and a doctor of philosophy degree in 1975, both from Purdue.

Among the honors Rebar has received are the American Animal Hospital Association's Award of Merit and its Gaines Cycle Fido Award, as well as the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Purdue's School of Veterinary Medicine. He also received the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for Best Teacher in Veterinary Medicine at Purdue.

Richard Cosier

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Cosier was the first director of the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship when it was launched in 2004. During his tenure as dean, BusinessWeek and U.S. News & World Report have consistently ranked Krannert among the world's top business programs. He also helped shepherd the creation and completion of Rawls Hall in 2003 through a $10 million gift from alumnus Jerry S. Rawls.

Originally from Jackson, Mich., Cosier joined Purdue in 1999 after appointments with the University of Oklahoma, Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame. He received his doctorate in business administration from the University of Iowa, specializing in organizational behavior and management theory as well as statistical design and analysis. He received his master's degree in business administration from Loyola University in Chicago and his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University.

The Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, through its sponsored initiatives, including the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Technology Realization Program, Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy, and Business Plan Competitions, aims to stimulate entrepreneurship at Purdue and serves as a state, regional and national resource.

In addition, the Discovery Park center leads Purdue's Kauffman Campuses Initiative, which is aimed at fostering entrepreneurship programs on campus to create a culture for student and faculty ideas and ventures.

Opened in 2004, the 31,000-square-foot, two-story Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship was the first building completed in Discovery Park, Purdue's $500 million interdisciplinary research complex for large-scale projects. The Burton D. Morgan Foundation provided funding for the $7 million building.

Cosier and Rebar are replacing Kenneth Kahn, who left Purdue this fall to direct Virginia Commonwealth University's da Vinci Center for Innovation in Product Design and Development.

Writer: Phillip Fiorini, 765-496-3133,

Sources:   Alan Rebar, 765-496-6625,

                   Richard Cosier, 765-494-4366,