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Spiro Professor

Chad Navis

Chad Navis is the Arthur M. Spiro Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership at Clemson. Within the Management department, his primary initiatives include enhancing, supporting, and overseeing its undergraduate entrepreneurship curriculum, entrepreneurship scholarship, and PhD seminars in entrepreneurship. Within the University more broadly, Chad engages closely with the Spiro Institute, providing support, partnership, and faculty guidance to the Institute as a representative of the Management Department. Additionally, as a Watt Fellow, Chad is passionate about forging the type of cross-disciplinary interactions that can bolster the University's broader innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Chad joined the faculty of Clemson University after beginning his career at UW-Madison, where he was a professor in the Wisconsin School of Business. During his time at UW-Madison, Chad was actively involved in developing the entrepreneurship ecosystem of the school. He served as a principal in the Initiative for Studies in Transformational Entrepreneurship (INSITE), faculty director of the G. Steven Burrill Business Plan Competition, faculty liaison for the Qualcomm Wireless Challenge, and a faculty member of the Entrepreneurship Residential Learning Community (ERLC). Additionally, Chad oversaw the PhD Minors in Entrepreneurship and Strategic Innovation. He also remains the co-PI of an NSF grant focused on the commercialization of a 5th generation wireless technology. Prior to his MBA and Ph.D. studies, Chad was a senior business analyst at the consultancy, American Management Systems (now CGI), where he specialized in business processes in the telecommunications sector. Additionally, Chad has worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, two family businesses, and presently advises several student start-ups.

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