UH Bauer Celebrates #1 Ranked Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program

Published on November 15, 2008
Benefactors and program namesakes Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff were on hand to celebrate the Wolff Center’s #1 ranking in The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.

Benefactors and program namesakes Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff were on hand to celebrate the Wolff Center’s #1 ranking in The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.

The University of Houston is on track to become a flagship institution in the U.S., thanks to numerous accolades from its various colleges, including a #1 ranked undergraduate entrepreneurship program, community leaders and UH officials said at an October ceremony to recognize the achievement.

“One of our goals is to make sure UH gets top tier status,” Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said. “We deserve a top tier institution and this is the place for a top tier institution.” Emmett, who received tremendous praise for his leadership during Hurricane Ike, joined an all-star cast saluting the achievement.

He was one of several speakers to laud the University and the C. T. Bauer College of Business at an event to celebrate the college’s Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship, which earned the top spot as the number one undergraduate entrepreneurship program in the country as ranked by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.

“We were number two for a year and then, bam! We’re number one,” Bauer Dean Arthur Warga said.

Dan Steppe, director of the Wolff Center, credited the support and enthusiasm of students, faculty and Bauer business partners. Warga echoed that recognition, pointing to the leadership of program founder Bill Sherrill (’50) and Steppe. Moreover, Warga said significant support from Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff before the program was nationally ranked last year ensured that students will have future opportunities at the University and Bauer.

“We don’t teach principles of entrepreneurship, we teach entrepreneurship,” said Melvyn Wolff (BBA ’53), chairman of the board for Star Furniture, a Berkshire-Hathaway company. Wolff said the main reason he and his wife Cyvia donated a gift to Bauer that named the program was because of the student body’s desire for an education in entrepreneurship. “Here was a diverse student body…all with the serious hunger for learning,” Wolff said. “That burning flame can go out if no education and resources are available.”

UH System Board of Regents Chairman Welcome Wilson said Bauer students and faculty have been instrumental in helping to elevate the University’s reputation. “Even if no such thing as a program in entrepreneurship existed when I was a student here, the spirit of entrepreneurship was already present among those early faculty and students alike, and it continues to this day,” Wilson said.

Robert Franek, vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review, said Bauer students have a “contagious energy and raw moxie” that has helped make the Wolff Center so successful. “I know for a certainty that you are the ones to watch,” Franek told students.

By Mayra Cruz

About the University of Houston

The University of Houston, Texas’ premier metropolitan research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse research university in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research and service with more than 35,000 students.

About the Bauer College of Business

The C.T. Bauer College of Business has been in operation for more than 60 years at the University of Houston main campus. Through its five academic departments, the college offers a full-range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business. The Bauer College is fully accredited by the AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In August 2000, Houston business leader and philanthropist Charles T. (Ted) Bauer endowed the College of Business with a $40 million gift. In recognition of his generosity, the college was renamed the C.T. Bauer College of Business.