red McKinney, the Carlton Highsmith Chair for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and director of the People’s United Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Quinnipiac, recently was appointed to the state of Connecticut’s Minority Business Initiative Advisory Board.
“I have spent the past 30 years working on developing minority businesses and minority entrepreneurs,” McKinney said. “I guess you can call it my life’s work. In many ways, this appointment is a continuation of my work as an entrepreneur, an educator, an executive and an advocate. I look forward to working with my fellow directors and, most importantly, I look forward to making a difference for minority entrepreneurs in Connecticut. I know that the state, the corporate community and the minority business community can do better, and, when we do better, everybody wins.”
State Rep. Joe Aresimowicz, Connecticut Speaker of the House, confirmed the appointment in a letter dated August 13. The appointment is effective immediately and runs through August 30, 2021, or until a successor has been appointed and qualified.
“I am confident that the knowledge and experience you bring to this position will be of great value to the board,” Aresimowicz wrote.
McKinney, who joined Quinnipiac in 2018, said his appointment to the state board comes at a perfect time.