Newsmaker: Dennis Slevin
Family: Wife, Sue; daughter, son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1963; bachelor’s degree in math from St. Vincent College in 1964; bachelor’s degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965; an MSIA (now known as an MBA) from Carnegie Mellon University in 1967, a doctorate in business administration from Stanford University in 1969
Occupation: Professor of Business Administration, University of Pittsburgh, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
Noteworthy: Pitt named Slevin the first-ever Tom W. Olofson Chairman in Entrepreneurial Studies. Named for the alumnus and his wife, Jeanne, who donated $1.5 million to the school, the position will focus on entrepreneurial education and small start-ups, rather than large, entrenched companies. Olofson is chairman and CEO of Epiq Systems Inc., a legal services software company based in Kansas City.
Quote: “We are trying to develop as strong an entrepreneurial context for our teaching as possible. We’re teaching that the same subject matter, the same theory is very possible to use in small entrepreneurial firms as opposed to Fortune 500 companies.”