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Inaugural Director of the Halloran Lab for Entrepreneurship
Colby College

Date Posted Aug. 23, 2022
Title Inaugural Director of the Halloran Lab for Entrepreneurship
University Colby College
Waterville, ME, United States
Department Halloran Lab for Entrepreneurship
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Administration - General
    Senior Administration

Colby College

Waterville, Maine


Inaugural Director of the Halloran Lab for Entrepreneurship


As Colby College continues to innovate and redefine modern liberal arts education, it seeks an inaugural

Director for its newly established Halloran Lab for Entrepreneurship. The Halloran Lab is the latest

differentiating initiative from an institution whose recent investments have elevated its academic

stature and competitive position among the premiere U. S. colleges and universities. It is the result of a

generous gift from Trustee Emeritus Todd Halloran, a 1984 Colby graduate who has spent much of his

career working with accomplished business leaders and entrepreneurs to grow their companies.


Colby aims to infuse an entrepreneurial spirit into its exceptional academic and cocurricular programs

and to support students who seek to turn their creative ideas into reality. The Halloran Lab, launching in

the fall of 2022, will create and sustain a highly visible program of opportunities for Colby students—and

others in the community—to create new businesses and solutions-based initiatives. It joins the Buck Lab

for Climate and Environment and the Linde Packman Lab for Biosciences Innovation in offering

experiences that complement students’ academic pursuits, support their intellectual exploration, and

help them shape their life trajectories.


A member of the Provost’s team, the Director will have overall responsibility for setting the vision for

the Halloran Lab in consultation with an external advisory board. The Director will be charged with

creating a suite of entrepreneurship education and training programs; raising and dispersing funds for

students to start commercial and social enterprises and initiatives; coaching and mentoring students

through a dedicated entrepreneurship network; cultivating new and existing partnerships with leading

institutions and organizations; engaging with the growing entrepreneurial ecosystem in Maine; and

planning and managing purpose-built innovation and maker spaces on campus and in downtown

Waterville. A highly visible representative of the College, the Director will work in close partnership with

the President, other senior leaders, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the surrounding

community. The Director may also be granted teaching opportunities, particularly during Colby’s January



Qualifications: For this inaugural role, Colby seeks an articulate, confident, resourceful and self-directed

innovator capable of realizing, building, and managing a field-leading college-based entrepreneurship

center. A bachelor’s degree is required, with a master’s degree in business, management, marketing or

entrepreneurship, preferred. A minimum of 10 years of experience with successful innovation,

commercialization or venture creation (ideally focused on the building, running, and scaling of a

company or another entrepreneurial organization) is preferred. Also preferred: at least five years’

experience with coaching, mentoring, or advising entrepreneurs; exposure to higher education; and

first-hand experience working with undergraduates.


The ability to engage faculty, trustees and senior administrators; to counsel and inspire creative,

diligent, professionally ambitious, and service-minded students; and to cultivate and steward a resourceful and highly sophisticated alumni and parent population are essential. Candidates should have an appetite and capacity for fundraising and growing institutional relationships. The successful candidate will have a record of working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and the

ability to promote an inclusive campus and community. Candidates should demonstrate an affinity for

the culture and values of a residential global liberal arts college and should be energized by helping

students and other budding entrepreneurs succeed and grow.


Colby College: A leading liberal arts college, Colby enrolls some 2,200 undergraduates from nearly every

state and more than 70 countries. The continuing development and renewal of its 714-acre campus

gives Colby a state-of-the art physical plant that complements its natural setting in Maine’s Kennebec

Valley, a region widely noted for its quality of life. Waterville’s central location, roughly an hour from

Portland and Maine’s coastal towns, provides a quintessential small-town New England setting that the

Colby-initiated downtown partnership has notably enhanced.


Since 2014, Colby has more than tripled its applications for admission, grown and diversified its faculty,

and more than doubled its enrollment of students of color and first-generation students. New academic

and co-curricular programming in fields such as artificial intelligence and bioinformatics strengthen the

connection between liberal arts study and the professional world. The College has completed or begun

construction of new, cutting-edge facilities for performing arts and athletics. It has also led a $200-

million revitalization of downtown Waterville, Maine, including a residential complex for students with a

focus on civic engagement and the recently opened Lockwood Hotel. The Paul J. Schupf Art Center, a

dynamic new hub for the visual and performing arts, will open soon in downtown Waterville, and the

Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts, the largest academic building project in Colby’s history,

is scheduled to open in 2023 on campus. The College recently established the Island Campus in midcoast

Maine after acquiring Allen and Benner Islands—the longtime summer home of the artist Andrew

Wyeth and his wife, Betsy Wyeth—to offer Colby students unique and timely cross-disciplinary research

opportunities in a range of academic disciplines, including the marine sciences and the arts. A new

campus center for technology and innovation to house the Halloran Lab and Colby’s Davis Institute for

Artificial Intelligence is in the conceptual planning stage.


This ambitious agenda has mobilized the College’s alumni, parents, and other benefactors: over the last

four years, Colby’s fundraising totals have ranked second among national liberal arts colleges. Today’s

Colby is one of the most selective colleges in the nation with a unique set of resources to support an

education that is deeply connected to local and global challenges.

Review of candidate materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment. A complete application will include a letter of interest; a résumé, biographical statement or LinkedIn profile; and contact information for five professional references who can speak about the candidate’s qualifications for this position. All communications will be held in confidence, and references will not be contacted without the candidate’s prior permission. Expressions of interest, nominations and inquiries should be directed to Colby’s search consultant, Mr. Chuck O’Boyle of C. V. O’Boyle, LLC, at, who will furnish a detailed specification upon request. Colby encourages inquiries and applications from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of the College, including its racial, cultural, and ethnic diversity.

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes personnel decisions on the basis of the individual’s qualifications to contribute to Colby’s educational objectives and institutional needs. The principle of not discriminating on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, pregnancy, parental or marital status, national or ethnic origin, caste, political beliefs, or disability unrelated to job or course of study requirements is consistent with the mission of a liberal arts college and the law. Colby is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our College. For more information about the College, please visit


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