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Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center


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Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center

Cottrell Entrepreneurship Leadership Center

Business and Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
Third Floor
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2014

Welcome to the Cottrell Center

The Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center (Cottrell Center), at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, serves as a catalyst for regional economic development by promoting entrepreneurship across West Chester University, in Chester County, and throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania.

The Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center's mission is to enhance entrepreneurship literacy, to inspire students to engage in entrepreneurial ventures by exposing them first hand to entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial environments, and to foster economic development in the region by assisting startup firms as they move toward economic viability.

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About Us

Cottrell Center Team

Monica Zimmerman, PhD, CPA, Director

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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 is a member of the Keiretsu Forum. 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.

Pattie Diggin, Executive in Residence

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Pattie Diggin is a faculty member in the Department of Management at WCU. She has over 30 years of experience in Sales & Marketing. She earned an MBA from West Chester University and has been teaching at WCU in the Marketing and Management Departments for the past six years. She is active in Chester and Delaware County SCORE member and sits on the Development Board of the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls. She has extensive experience in working with small businesses and assisting them in developing effective marketing communications strategies. She has also owned her own business and has a clear understanding of the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship.

Nicole Boylan, Undergraduate Student Assistant

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Will Maughlin, Undergraduate Student Assistant

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The Cottrell Center provides access to the many resources of West Chester University and the College of Business and Public Affairs

  • Internship Program
  • Consulting Projects
  • Entrepreneurship Speaker Series
  • Entrepreneur in Residence Program
  • Seminars and Workshops
  • Entrepreneurship Library
  • Entrepreneur Fellowship Program
  • Guest Presentations by Entrepreneurs
  • Business Plan Competition
  • Business Idea Competition
  • Networking Events
  • Entrepreneurship Video Clips and Web Links

Funding for the Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center has been provided by Claire and Gary Daniels, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and West Chester College of Business and Public Affairs.

The Cottrell Center is under the direction of Matthew Shea, PhD. Dr. Shea is an Assistant Professor in the Management Department of the College of Business and Public Affairs at West Chester University.

Located at the West Chester University Graduate Center (GC), the Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center's resources are easily accessible and many of the resources are free and available to the public.

Funding for the center has been provided by Claire and Gary Daniels, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the Delaware Valley Regional Economic Development Fund, the West Chester College of Business and Public Affairs, and Friends of the Cottrell Center.

About Dr. Edwin Cottrell

Dr. Cottrell

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.

About Gary E. Daniels

Gary E. Daniels CLU, ChFC, CAP is the Managing Partner and a founding partner of The Creative Financial Group. Mr. Daniels has forged one of the Nation's most innovative and successful financial services organizations. Mr. Daniels' primary area of expertise is developing financial and business succession strategies for entrepreneurs. Recognized as an authority on business succession planning, he frequently addresses professional organizations such as the National Association of Manufacturers and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and Fortune magazine. He is a member of the Delaware County, Chester County, and Philadelphia Estate Planning Councils; a ten-year qualifier of the Top of the Table; a life and qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table; and a former instructor of the Life Underwriter's Training Council. Early in his career, Mr. Daniels distinguished himself by becoming the youngest number one agent in the 120-year history of Travelers, an achievement he attained from 1985 to 1989. Mr. Daniels is a member of the Board of Directors of the Variety Club. In 1992, Mr. Daniels, and business partner, Mr. Joseph Naselli, established The Creative Financial Charitable Foundation, which contributes to organizations throughout the Delaware Valley. He is a member of the West Chester University Undergraduate Business Center Campaign Leadership Committee, and he served as the WCU Cottrell Center 2011 Entrepreneur in Residence. Mr. Daniels attended West Chester University from 1972 - 1975. After college prior to becoming a financial representative he was a professional golfer.