This semester, students at Bradley University will be able to pursue a minor in entrepreneurship and innovation, thanks to alumnus and Turner Investment Partners LP founder Robert Turner.
That subject traditionally has been the purview of business schools, but the Robert and Carolyn Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation will be open to all of the Peoria, Ill.-based university's 6,000 students, Mr. Turner said in a recent interview.
In a separate interview, Gerald Hills, the Turner Chair of Entrepreneurship at Bradley and the new school's founding executive director, said heightened uncertainties facing students entering the job market now are making such studies important for all, not just business students. The school's curriculum will strive to change “how people approach a problem,” for an environment where “creating your own job” could become a key skill, Mr. Hills said.
Shelley Epstein, a Bradley spokesman, said the program — which will be sustained “in perpetuity” with an endowment of roughly $3 million — is the first free-standing school for entrepreneurship and innovation in the nation. Mr. Turner declined to say how much he contributed to the endowment.
Mr. Turner got a degree in accounting from Bradley in 1977 and an MBA a year later. He is chairman and chief investment officer of Turner Investments.