Welcome to the Cottrell Center
The Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center fosters entrepreneurship across West Chester University and throughout Chester County by preparing students to contribute to the entrepreneurship ecosystem, providing access to a rich network of entrepreneurship resources and enhancing the startup and growth of new ventures to develop a strong WCU entrepreneurship culture and a vibrant Chester County entrepreneurship ecosystem.
November 9th, 2021 8:00am-10:00am
A series of three build-block workshops focused on the requirements for long-term, multigenerational success in family firms.
Global Entrepreneurship Week
November 8th - 12th, 2021
Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is an initiative that promotes entrepreneurship. West Chester University is proud to participate in this initiative! Join us to acknowledge entrepreneurship by hosting various events and workshops.
November 16th, 2021
Inspiring entrepreneurs seeking to make positive social advances.
Monica Zimmerman, PhD, CPA, Executive Director email@example.com
Monica Zimmerman, PhD, CPA, is a professor of Management in the College of Business and Public Management at West Chester University where she teaches entrepreneurship and strategic management at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Zimmerman earned her PhD from Temple University's Fox School. Dr. Zimmerman has published and presented many research papers on initial public offerings (IPOs), angel investing, and management teams. She served as the director of the Cottrell Center from its founding through 2014, after which she served as Interim Associate Dean of the College of Business and Public Affairs and took a sabbatical to study angel investing.
Patricia Diggin, Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Pattie Diggin earned an MBA degree from West Chester University in 1996. She joined West Chester University in 2011 as an Adjunct Professor of Marketing and currently serves as the Director of The Cottrell Entrepreneurship Center. Pattie sits on the Board of Directors at the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls where she heads up the Development and Marketing committees. She is also a member of the Ambassador and Education Foundation committees at the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce and sits on the i2n Board of the Chester County Economic Development Council. Since 2014 she has been a SCORE volunteer and works collaboratively with organizations in the region that are committed to expanding the impact of entrepreneurship programming and supporting development of small businesses.
Gabriella Velazquez, Graduate Assistant
Gabriella Velazquez is the Cottrell Center Graduate Assistant. She graduated from WCU in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, and is now continuing her education in the MBA program. Gabriella joined the Cottrell Center team in Fall 2019. She has experience interning for non-profit establishments and volunteers her time to SCORE of Chester and Delaware County.
Halley Seibel, Graduate Assistant
Halley Seibel is the Cottrell Center Graduate Assistant, joining the team in September of 2020. She is a first year MBA student at West Chester University and full-time employee as a sales representative. She received her undergraduate degree here at West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. She also has experience as a social media intern and 4 years in customer service and sales.
Nicole Boylan, Graduate Assistant
Nicole Boylan is a Graduate Assistant for the Cottrell Center. She is a student in the WCU MBA program. Nicole graduated from West Chester University in Spring 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a Bachelor of Science in Management. She was an Undergraduate Assistant for the Cottrell Center for 2 years. She currently works in the adult beverage industry and enjoys being back on the Cottrell Center team!
Maria Coyle, Undergraduate Assistant
Maria Coyle is an undergraduate assistant for the Cottrell Center. She is a first-year accounting undergraduate in West Chester University's Honors College. Maria started her entrepreneurial journey when she created her small business, Princess Parties by Maria, at the age of 16. She is grateful for the opportunity to grow her skill set and contribute to the Cottrell Center.
Jake Drap, Undergraduate Assistant
Jake Drap serves as undergraduate assistant and is a senior marketing major. He is a committed student and currently is the Vice-President for WCU's American Marketing Association chapter. Jake has led multiple community service events for the Andrew L. Hicks Jr. Foundation in the past as well as held a part-time internship with Fox Sports. He is very excited to work alongside the Cottrell Center and build his professional career.
The Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center is named in honor of Dr. Edwin Cottrell, West Chester University Professor Emeritus of Health and Physical Education. The naming of the center was through the generosity of a gift by Claire and Gary Daniels in honor of Dr. Cottrell, Mr. Daniel's golf coach.
Dr. Edwin Cottrell served as associate dean of the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation and as professor in the undergraduate and graduate programs. He also served as the head coach of golf at West Chester University for 20 years. He is a graduate of Slippery Rock State College (class of 1943). While at Slippery Rock he lettered in football, basketball, and tennis, and he captained the tennis team. Dr. Cottrell earned a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his doctorate in Health and Physical Education from Penn State University. He joined the West Chester University faculty in 1955. Dr. Cottrell was very active in many professional and academic organizations. He was named "Outstanding Physical Educator" in Pennsylvania by PSAHPER, was a member of the National Golf Coaches' Associate, and an educational consultant for the National Golf Foundation. He was also on the staff of the Duke University Junior Golf Camp and served as chair of the Concord Country Club golf committee where he was the club champion. Dr. Cottrell was a fighter pilot during World War II with the 48th Fighter Group ETO and flew 65 combat missions in the European Theater of Operations. He received the air medal with eight clusters plus unit and battle citations. After 28 years in the Air Force Reserves he retired as a Lt. Colonel having served as a Liaison officer to the Air Force Academy. Dr. Cottrell is currently an instructor at Duke University Golf School and Pine Needles Country Club. Dr. Cottrell is married to Mildred (Millie), and has two daughters: Carol Fisher and Susan Nation.
Donate to the Cottrell Entrepreneurship Center
The support of donors and community partners is needed to continue and to grow programming at the Cottrell Center, and to make an impact on the Chester County entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Cottrell Center Newsletter
Catch up on all that's happening at the Cottrell Entrepreneurship Center!
- The Solopreneur Hour
- How I Built This (NPR)
- Working Without Pants
- Being Boss
- This Week in Startups
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