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.
Social Impact Day
Social Impact Day will include the final presentations for the Social Innovation Competition and guest speaker Justin Land, Dow- Global Citizenship Officer. This will be held April 5th from 4:30-7pm in Room 101, CBPM. Register to attend here!
Business Idea Pitch
Join us on April 19th from 4:30pm- 7:30pm for our Business Idea Competitions final round of pitches. This event will be held at The Foundation and you can register to attend here!
Monica Zimmerman, PhD, CPA, Executive Director
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
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.
McKenna Kissinger, Graduate Assistant
McKenna Kissinger graduated in Spring 2022 from West Chester University with a B.S. in Accounting, Finance, and International Business. She has just joined the Cottrell Center as a Graduate Assistant for the 2022-2023 school year while she is working towards earning her MBA. She is also a member of the WCU Gymnastics team and the Treasurer of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes club here on campus.
Lilyana Campbell, Undergraduate Assistant
Lilyana Campbell, 2nd year Pre-Business Marketing major, is our undergraduate assistant at the center. She joined the Cottrell Center for the 2022-2023 school year as she works towards a B.S. in Business Marketing, graduating in 2025. Her main focuses are social media, advertising tactics, and marketing for the Cottrell Center. She is also an active member of a mix intramural sports teams and helps manage multiple social media accounts for businesses throughout the Mainline Philadelphia area.
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.
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