Carlton Highsmith invests in entrepreneurship programming

Carlton Highsmith
Carlton Highsmith
May 29, 2012 - The vice chairman of Quinnipiac's Board of Trustees, Carlton Highsmith, has donated $1 million to accelerate the School of Business' innovations in entrepreneurship.

The University announced that it has established the Carlton Highsmith Chair in Entrepreneurship. Quinnipiac will match Highsmith's gift, creating a $2 million fund in perpetuity.

"The Carlton Highsmith Chair in Entrepreneurship will provide the School of Business with sustainable leadership and ensure the long-term success of our entrepreneurship program," said Matthew O'Connor, dean of the School of Business. "This is a remarkable gift for the School of Business that instantly raises our program to a new level."  

Highsmith is the retired vice chairman of PaperWorks Industries of Philadelphia. Highsmith was the founder, president and chief executive officer of the Specialized Packaging Group, Inc., which merged into PaperWorks in 2009, according to Forbes. PaperWorks is the third largest integrated recycled paperboard company in North America.

Quinnipiac also announced that it will partner with the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT), to establish the ConnCAT Entrepreneurial Academy, where inner city youth will learn how to launch their own businesses.

"Helping to spread the word about free enterprise to young, aspiring students at ConnCAT will help an entire generation of inner-city youth gain an appreciation for entrepreneurship," Highsmith said. "Students will learn what it takes to build a business - from that first great idea to the birth of a successful company - from business leaders in the Greater New Haven area and Quinnipiac faculty. Quinnipiac students will serve as mentors, sharing their knowledge of finance, management, marketing and advertising while also serving as role models that are essential to youth at ConnCAT."