Entrepreneurship speaker series renamed to recognize Richard G. Staley ’62

10/24/2014

The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation’s Visionary Entrepreneurship Speaker Series has been renamed the Richard G. Staley ’62 Visionary Entrepreneur Speaker Series. The change recognizes Staley’s $1 million gift to support entrepreneurship and science programs at Grove City College.

The speaker series brings successful entrepreneurs – and the lessons they learned – to Grove City College to share stories of success, experience and advice with students.

“The campus community will benefit greatly from Richard Staley’s generous gift to endow the speaker series and ensure our ability to continue and expand program offerings,” said Yvonne English, executive director of The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

Staley gifted $250,000 to the College’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, in addition to a $750,000 commitment to STEM Hall, the College’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics building that opened in August 2013. Staley, a chemical engineering major during his time at Grove City College, pursued his entrepreneurial dream in 1977 when he founded Flavor House. It is now one of the world’s leading flavoring and extract manufacturers, crafting flavor profiles that give global food brands their distinctive tastes.

Craig Columbus, president and CEO of First Allied Asset Management, will kick off Richard G. Staley ’62 Visionary Entrepreneurship Speaker Series at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29 in Sticht Lecture Hall of the Hall of Arts and Letters on campus with a lecture entitled “Living the Entrepreneurial Life.”  Columbus was the previous executive director of The Center of Entrepreneurship & Innovation as well as chair of the Department for Entrepreneurship at Grove City College. He was instrumental in the creation and growth of the College’s entrepreneurship initiatives.
The campus community will benefit greatly from Richard Staley’s generous gift to endow the speaker series and ensure our ability to continue and expand program offerings.