Huntsman Alumni Magazine

Fall 2011

New Faces: New entrepreneurial programs head taps years of innovation experience

A professor and author who led the entrepreneurial programs at Westminster College has agreed to head up a similar charge at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.

Michael J. Glauser, the founder and former CEO of Golden Swirl Management Company and Northern Lights, started as the new executive director of entrepreneurial programs at the Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University July 1. Dr. Glauser returns to the USU campus where, as a graduate student at the University of Utah, he founded Golden Swirl Management Company in a dairy lab on campus.

He most recently served as founder and director of the Institute of New Enterprise at Westminster College. Linda Muir was his assistant and is now the institute director. “It was phenomenal what he accomplished in four years here,” Ms. Muir said. “I’ve worked with a lot of bosses who weren’t leaders, but with Michael, he never once ceased to be a leader.”

Dr. Glauser said his interest in the Huntsman School of Business grew when he learned about the school’s emphasis on fueling the students’ entrepreneurial instincts. He was a featured speaker in the spring of 2011 during e-Week, a time when a number
of on-campus activities are held and aimed at sparking more innovative thinking.

“I am impressed with the development of the Huntsman School of Business during the past few years, and I really enjoyed the time I spent with the students,” he said. “The prospect of building on the momentum the school already has and fueling the entrepreneurial fires at USU intrigued me.”

Dr. Glauser has published two books on entrepreneurship: Glorious Accidents: How Everyday Americans Create Thriving Companies, a book focused at for-profit organizations, and The Business of Heart: How Everyday Americans are Changing the World, along with numerous articles in magazines and professional journals. His clients have included Associated Food Stores, The Boeing Company, Department of Workforce Services, Esso of Inter-America, Harmon Music Group, Saudi Consolidated Service, and USANA Health Sciences. He has also held faculty positions at the University of North Carolina and King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Glauser earned his doctorate at Purdue University. He got master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Utah.

David Clark, the previous executive director of entrepreneurial programs, left the Huntsman School of Business to become the director of business development for the new Commercial Enterprises group with the Utah State University Research Foundation.