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Ross Professor Tom Kinnear Honored With U-M's Ted Doan Award

5/8/2012 --

President Mary Sue Coleman recognizes professor for outstanding leadership in entrepreneurship.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Ross Professor Tom Kinnear was honored with the University of Michigan's Ted Doan Award for Outstanding Leadership in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

The award recognizes the contributions Kinnear has made to entrepreneurship and innovation both at U-M and in the state of Michigan. U-M President Mary Sue Coleman praised his energy, vision, and passion for new ideas and inventions, and credited him with having "enhanced the quality of life in the entire state of Michigan."

Kinnear is the Eugene Applebaum Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, executive director of the Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, and professor of marketing.

In addition to his work at the Zell-Lurie Institute, Kinnear supports the U-M Office of Tech Transfer and is Chairman of the state-backed Venture Michigan Fund. He also is on the board of the Michigan Venture Capital Association and co-founded several successful Michigan-based companies over the last 20 years.

The Ted Doan award is named after the former president of Dow Chemical from 1971 to 1983 and originated in 2005 when Coleman recognized Doan for his commitment to entrepreneurship in Michigan. Doan, who also was chairman of the Dow Foundation, is considered the grandfather of modern entrepreneurship in Michigan.

The award is not given annually. It's only awarded when a worthy person fits the criteria.

For more information, contact:
Terry Kosdrosky, (734) 936-2502,