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D. Abbott Turner College of Business

Our mission is to create better futures for our diverse student body by producing a career-ready workforce. Our programs are in business and technology -- and where the two meet.

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Kirk Heriot

Professor and Crowley Chair of Entrepreneurship


Dr. Kirk Heriot

Dr. Kirk Heriot

Position: Professor
Endowed Title: Crowley Chair of Entrepreneurship
Office: Synovus Center for Commerce & Technology 346
Phone: 706-507-8078
Discipline: Management


Ph.D. in Industrial Management with a concentration in Strategic Management, Clemson University, 1996

Master of Business Administration, University of South Carolina, 1984

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management, Clemson University, 1980

Specialty Area

Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management, Small Business Management


Kirk C. Heriot is the Ray and Evelyn Crowley Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship in the Turner College of Business. He joined the faculty in 2006 after having served on the faculties at universities in SC, KY, and Pennsylvania. Kirk has published over 25 journal articles in such leading publications as the Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, Journal of Small Business Strategy, and the Journal of Private Enterprise. His research interests focus on determinants of new venture creation, entrepreneurship education, and issues related to managing small firms. In 2008, Kirk was awarded the Faculty Research and Scholarship Award at CSU.

Prior to joining the academy, Dr. Heriot was an officer in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve serving in logistics and engineering units attaining the rank of Major. Following the completion of his MBA, Kirk worked in operations management for Milliken & Company. Kirk also worked as a consultant at the Clemson Small Business Development Center from 1987-1995 assisting over 300 clients. At CSU, Kirk has continued his efforts in outreach. His students have engaged in Junior Achievement projects and assisted small firms with focused consulting projects. He also organized the first business plan competition at the university in 2011.