Dr. David Rae joins CBU from the Lincoln Business School, University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom, where he has held senior roles as Head of Postgraduate Programmes and Director of Enterprise and Innovation. He is recognised as a leading researcher and practitioner in the fields of entrepreneurial learning and education. He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal for Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, and served for four years as Vice-President and six as Board member of the Institute for Small Business & Entrepreneurship in the UK. He has written a series of books and academic articles on entrepreneurship development since 1999 which have influenced research, policy, education and business practice at an international level.
“We are extremely pleased to have an individual with Dr. Rae’s academic and entrepreneurial learning expertise joining Cape Breton University,” notes President David Wheeler. “David’s background and expertise links exceptionally well with the direction being taken by the Shannon School of Business, and indeed CBU as a whole. We look forward to David helping to realise the tremendous potential that exists to leverage educational, business and community opportunities for entrepreneurship on Cape Breton Island and in our Province.”
Professor Rae comments, “I am delighted to be joining Cape Breton University to lead the Shannon School of Business. This is an exceptional, exciting time for CBU, and it was clear to me when I visited how it is increasingly making its mark internationally, as well as being poised to make a huge difference to the Cape Breton economy through supporting the development of an entrepreneurial and innovative culture.”
“As an expatriate Scot who built my career in England, I recognise that CBU, as well as the Sydney and Cape Breton region, must use its outward-looking position to attract students, partnerships and opportunities worldwide, in order to achieve renewal and economic growth. I am personally very keen to join the friendly Cape Breton community and to experience its uniquely varied cultural heritage.”
The announcement was warmly welcomed by CBU benefactor and supporter Joe Shannon who adds, “Cape Breton University has had excellent leadership and strong faculty in the Business School in recent years. Dr. Rae will build upon the success of his predecessors. He is exceptionally well placed to provide the School with new possibilities for differentiation and national leadership on entrepreneurially-driven management education.”
Dr. Rae will begin his term as Dean on July 1, 2014.
Follow Dr. Rae on Twitter: @DavidRae_CBU