February 18, 2014
On Thursday, Feb. 27, the man for whom the Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center is named will return to West Chester University to offer his views on entrepreneurial leadership. He will take the podium at 12:30 p.m. in Philips Autograph Library in Philips Memorial Building.
Cottrell joined the West Chester University faculty in 1955 and became associate dean of the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. He taught in both the undergraduate and graduate programs and was head golf coach for 20 years, leading West Chester to 196 wins, including two PSAC Championships and a number of individual PSAC titles. A class of 1943 graduate of Slippery Rock University, he earned his master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his doctorate from Penn State University.
Later, Cottrell served as instructor at Duke University Golf School, Duke University Junior Golf Camp, and Pine Needles Country Club in North Carolina, and stayed involved in many professional and academic organizations. He was a member of and an educational consultant for the National Golf Foundation, which honored him in 1987 with the Joe Graffius award for his contributions to the educational development of golf. He also received the Don Rossi Award, and has been inducted into the Golf Coaches of America Hall of Fame as well as both the West Chester and Slippery Rock Halls of Fame.
He was named Outstanding Physical Educator in Pennsylvania by PSAHPER, was a member of the National Golf Coaches Association, and served as chair of the Concord (Pa.) Country Club golf committee where he was the club champion.
The College Golf Foundation, in collaboration with the Golf Coaches Association of America, presented him with the 2004 Honor Award for outstanding service and numerous contributions to men’s collegiate golf.
Cottrell served as a fighter pilot in Europe during World War II with the 48th Fighter Group and flew 65 combat missions. 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.
The Cottrell Center is under the direction of Monica A. Zimmerman, Ph.D., C.P.A., professor of management in the WCU College of Business and Public Affairs. Her teaching and research focus on entrepreneurship and strategic management.
In addition to the entrepreneurship speaker series, the Cottrell Center offers seminars and workshops, internships, consulting projects, networking events, and both online and hard copy resources and library materials. Annually, the Cottrell Center names a business-savvy individual its Entrepreneur in Residence. The 2013-2014 Entrepreneur in Residence is WCU alumnus Matt Jesson ('00, Marketing), owner and president of Green Lawn Fertilizing and Green Pest Solutions, who is on the Philadelphia Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40 list for 2013.
Located at the University's Graduate Center in the Greenhill Corporate Center at 1160 McDermott Drive, the Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center is part of West Chester's College of Business and Public Affairs.