Beacon adds new senior fellow

February 8, 2012 1:11PM

NASHVILLE – The Beacon Center of Tennessee today announced that Dr. Jeff Cornwall, the Jack C. Massey Chair in Entrepreneurship at Belmont University, will join the think tank as a senior fellow. Dr. Cornwall will coordinate with Beacon Center staff to conduct research and public policy studies on issues related to entrepreneurship and government regulation. The Beacon Center will also assist Dr. Cornwall with publishing his own work, including articles in newspapers across the state and nation. “We are honored that Dr. Cornwall will join our organization as our sixth volunteer senior fellow,” said Beacon president & CEO Justin Owen. “His experience and impeccable credentials will make him a key asset to our team as we advance free markets, individual liberty, and limited government in our state.” Dr. Cornwall is the inaugural recipient of the Jack C. Massey Chair in Entrepreneurship at Belmont. He also serves as the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship. He has a Doctorate in Business Administration and an MBA from the University of Kentucky. In the late 1980’s, he left academics for nine years to become the co-founder and President/CEO of Atlantic Behavioral Health Systems, headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dr. Cornwall has received national awards for his work in curriculum development and teaching. He is a Fellow of the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He has published six books and numerous articles on entrepreneurship. His blog, The Entrepreneurial Mind, is among the most popular with a focus on small business and entrepreneurship. The Entrepreneurial Mind is part of the Forbes blog network and was named by that magazine as a “Best of the Web.” It is also syndicated by The Christian Science Monitor and Business Insider. The Beacon Center, founded as the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, is an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan think tank committed to achieving a freer, more prosperous Tennessee. Through research and advocacy, the Beacon Center promotes policy solutions grounded in the principles of free markets, individual liberty, and limited government. For more information, visit