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CFE Faculty and Associates

Entrepreneurship Faculty:

     Carol Hamilton, Director, Center for Entrepreneurship

     John Rothenberger, Entrepreneur in Residence

Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Faculty:

     Dr. Fariss Mousa, Zane Showker Professor of Entrepreneurship

     Dr. Eric Stark, Zane Showker Professor of Entrepreneurship

     Dr. Ali Shahzad, Zane Showker Professor of Entrepreneurship


     Joyce Krech, Director, Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center

     Mary Lou Bourne, Director, Office of Technology Transfer

Carol Hamilton

Office: ZSH 544
Phone: (540) 568-3412 

Carol W. Hamilton is the Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at James Madison University (JMU).  In the last two years, she has initiated Madison Consulting, a Net Impact chapter, the JMU Challenge and an entrepreneurship club to create opportunities for students to collaborate with faculty and business professionals to test their skills and build networks within their fields.  A Management Lecturer since 2002, she taught management with a cross-disciplinary faculty team in COB 300, a 12-credit course designed to teach the integration of business fundamentals. The faculty team guided 48 teams to develop business plans in a 16-week semester.  In 2005, she co-developed a Venture Creation course with serial entrepreneur, John Rothenberger.  It is the first course in the College of Business open to all majors and the first to routinely assign alums/entrepreneurs to anchor venture teams.  The class launches several small businesses a year and accelerates graduates’ careers by about two years.  Carol earned her MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurship at JMU in 1997. She then worked as a management analyst for the JMU Small Business Development Center. In 1999, she co-founded Valley Microenterprise Alliance, a local non-profit, microlending program. Carol began her career with IBM following graduation from Clemson University with a B.S. degree in Administrative Management in 1980.  She and her husband, David, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in 2011 and live in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  They have three grown children pursuing graduate degrees.

John Rothenberger

Office: N/A
Phone: (540) 568-3412 

John Rothenberger, founder and CEO of Strategic Enterprise Solutions Inc. (SE Solutions), is the first "Entrepreneur in Residence," interacting with JMU students and offering expert advice on venture creation. He regularly participates in a project-based course to coach high performance teams in creating viable business plans and has regular office hours on campus, giving students and faculty the opportunity to access his insight, experience and business counsel. "There is a great opportunity at JMU to foster untapped students who believe they may have entrepreneurial, small business and intrapreneural interests," he said. "I want to give the students access to someone like themselves who is there and knows what it takes to get there." One of John's goals is to teach students to think differently to give them a competitive edge in the job market. With more than 16 years of executive leadership experience, John is known for his ability to envision viable business ventures. He has founded two successful companies that have been leaders in the IT industry. SE Solutions works with the Department of Homeland Security to provide IT solutions that address the intelligence shortcomings identified by the 9/11 Commission.

Prior to starting SE Solutions, Rothenberger founded an IT company named Aspire Technology Group and served as its president from 1993 to early March 2000. Aspire was recognized with numerous growth awards including a 1998 "Forbes" magazine Inc. 500 (No. 334), 1998 Virginia Fantastic 50 (No. 4), a KPMG High-Tech Entrepreneur of the Year nominee and a 1994 Fairfax County New Business of the Year runner up.

Rothenberger graduated from JMU in 1988 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing. He is a member of the JMU Executive Advisory Council and serves as a regular judge for the College of Business' annual business plan competition. Rothenberger is also a University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business Fellow.

Joyce Krech

Office: SBDC 2008
(540) 568-3227

Mary Lou Bourne

Office:  ISAT 153
(540) 568-2865 

Mary Lou is the Director of the JMU Office of Technology Transfer (OTT). The OTT, founded in 2005, is responsible for managing the intellectual property (IP) assets of James Madison University including inventions and copyrights. Its goal is to connect researchers and industry to accelerate and promulgate innovation. She works closely with researchers and inventors to foster their ideas and provide the necessary resources to make their technologies viable in a competitive business environment.

Mary Lou received a B.A. in Business from Bridgewater College. She is a C.P.A. and has received master's degrees from Virginia Tech in Higher Education Administration and James Madison University in Integrated Science and Technology. Her career experience is in information technology project management. She is a member of AUTM (Association for University Technology Managers) and ALCOVe (Academic Licensing Community of Virginia).


Fariss Mousa

Office:  ZSH 525
(540) 568-3237

Eric Stark

Office:  ZSH 547
(540) 568-2586

Dr. Eric M. Stark is an Associate Professor of Management at James Madison University.  He received his Ph.D. in Management from the University of Arkansas, his MBA from Wright State University, and his Bachelor’s of Business Administration (BBA) from Ohio University.  His areas of expertise are Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, and his research has been published in leading management journals including Academy of Management JournalJournal of ManagementJournal of Product Innovation Management, and Journal of Organizational Behavior.  His current research interests include team decision-making and performance, virtual teams, group productivity loss, and individual-difference congruence issues.  Before joining the Management Program at James Madison University in 2001 he was an Assistant Professor at Washington & Jefferson College from 1998 - 2001.  From 1986-1993, he was a major systems contract negotiator for the Department of Defense, and then co-owned a physical therapy clinic for a number of years.

Ali Shahzad

Office:  ZSH 509
(540) 568-3043