Hobart and William Smith will officially dedicate the Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Oct. 19.
The Center — which features new classrooms, discussion spaces, workspaces and meeting spaces for the Colleges’ Entrepreneurial Studies Program and co-curricular programs by the Centennial Center — was founded last year thanks to a $3 million gift from Chair of the Board of Trustees Thomas S. Bozzuto ’68, L.H.D.’18, his wife Barbara M. Bozzuto and their family.
The dedication will begin at 4:15 p.m. at the Center, which occupies three floors and more than 7,000 square feet at 22 Castle St.
Thomas Drennen, professor of economics and chair of the entrepreneurial studies program, will deliver remarks at the ceremony, as will HWS students Albert Smith Jr. ’19, coordinator for the student work team at the Bozzuto Center, and Chloe Emler ’20, a member of the Center’s student advisory board.
“In the 21st century, success will come to people who know how to reinvent themselves throughout their careers,” said Bozzuto at the time of the 2017 donation that established the Center. “What the liberal arts teaches you to do, and what entrepreneurial studies reinforces, is the ability to think critically, to think independently and to be willing to take risks, both intellectually and practically.”
The Bozzuto Center hosts academic and co-curricular programming related to entrepreneurial studies. Founded in 2015, the Entrepreneurial Studies Program emphasizes the conceptual understanding, practical skills and ethical structure necessary for business or civic leadership. Students explore and hone the analytical and critical thinking skills of a liberal arts education while pursuing projects and coursework focused on creating non-profit or for-profit enterprises, or leading innovation within existing organizations.
Ed Bizari, the Margiloff Family Entrepreneurial Fellow, has played a central role in launching of the new Center, responsible for coordinating co-curricular programming for the Centennial Center and establishing a student advisory board and work team for the Bozzuto Center. In addition, Bizari teaches one of the sections of the senior capstone class that meets in the new Center.
Chairman and co-founder of The Bozzuto Group, one of the most prominent real estate services companies in the country, Bozzuto has spent more than 45 years building tens of thousands of homes and apartments. He has directed the development, construction and management of income-producing and for-sale housing in metropolitan areas along the East Coast. The recipient of the Freddie Mac Builder of the Year award, Bozzuto has also served as a Congressional appointee to the Millennial Housing Commission, a gubernatorial appointee to the Maryland Housing Commission and has chaired the board of the National Multifamily Housing Council.
Additional funding for the Bozzuto Center has been provided by New York State’s Empire State Development Corporation, HWS Trustee Will ’92 and Colleen Margiloff for creation of the Margiloff Family Entrepreneurial Leadership Fellow, and the Grayson Family for programming and renovation, with additional support provided by the City of Geneva.