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Carol Hamilton
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M.B.A., James Madison University, 1997 with a concentration in Entrepreneurship
B.S. Administrative Management, Clemson University, 1980

COB 202 Interpersonal Skills
COB 472 Venture Creation 

Entrepreneurship – Venture Creation and Undergraduate Education
Small Business Development

Fiederlein, Suzanne; Daly, Paula.  USAID Iraq Grant Proposal, Participant, awarded 2012. 

Hill, Daniel; Hussey, David; Hamilton, Carol. Valley 25x ‘25 Grant from the JMU Institute for Energy and Environmental Research for Shenandoah Valley as a National Demonstration Project Achieving 25% Renewable Energy by the Year 2025, Green Impact Campaign, April - September 2011.

General Education Council, Member, 2012

Virginia Business Incubation Association, Board Member, 2012-2014

James Madison Innovations, University Director, December 2011 - present

4-VA Degree Completion Program, Consultant, in collaboration with George Mason University, Virginia Tech and University of Virginia, 2011-14.

JMU Faculty Advisor, Society of Entrepreneurs, 2012 - present

Project Coordinator, Madison Consulting, 2010 - present

JMU Faculty Advisor, Net Impact Undergraduate Chapter, Spring 2009 to present

JMU Freshmen Advisor, 2008-2014

JMU Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, Education and Research Committee, 2008-present

Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center Advisory Council, Board Member, 2008 – present

After graduating from Clemson University, I worked in an administrative position at IBM in Greenville and Columbia, South Carolina. After six years as a stay-at-home mom, I worked in administration, accounting and human resources for large, non-profit organizations.  I worked as a technical writer for a software company after completing my MBA and then co-founded a microlending program for the Harrisonburg-Rockingham area.  As credit became more accessible, we closed the microenterprise program.  I started teaching CoB 300 – Management at JMU in 2000.

John Rothenberger and I started MGT 472 Venture Creation in 2005.  It is the first CoB course open to all majors on campus.  The course includes a formal mentoring component to pair undergraduate venture teams with seasoned, successful JMU alumni/entrepreneurs.  We have, on average, one launch per semester.  Many 472 alumni are accelerating their careers by two years and starting their own businesses within five years.  We have a growing network of entrepreneurial alumni who are resourcing JMU students and each other.

I enjoy cooking, reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends.  My husband and I have lived in Harrisonburg for over 20 years and have been married for over 30 years.  Our three children are married and pursuing graduate degrees.  We have extended family in the Harrisonburg area and South Carolina.


August 2013
Won the Distinguished Service Award for the College of Business from the university. The Distinguished Service Award recognizes a faculty member who provides exceptional professional related service at the university, local and national levels.