Huntsman Post

New director of Entrepreneurial Programs brings experience as innovator, author and professor to USU

A man who founded a frozen yogurt company and wrote a book on the benefits of “glorious accidents” has joined the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business to be its new executive director of entrepreneurial programs.

Michael J. Glauser, who is the founder and former CEO of Golden Swirl Management Company and of Northern Lights, started at the Huntsman School of Business July 1. Dr. Glauser wrote the book Glorious Accidents: How Everyday Americans Create Thriving Companies and The Business of Heart: How Everyday Americans Are Changing the World. He has been interviewed on multiple television and radio programs.

He has held faculty positions at the University of North Carolina, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals and Westminster College. Dr. Glauser earned his doctorate at Purdue University and will also be a clinical professor at the Huntsman School of Business, according to Dean Douglas D. Anderson. He earned his master’s and bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah.

“He is uniquely qualified to take on this assignment and will, I am sure, provide outstanding leadership in our efforts to foster and develop the entrepreneurial spirit of our great students,” Dean Anderson said. “Like many of our professors, he can bring a mix of workplace and academic experience to this position. This is a wonderful development for the students we serve.”

Dr. Glauser said his interest in the Huntsman School grew when he learned about the school’s emphasis on fueling the students’ entrepreneurial instincts.

“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.”

Since 1997, Dr. Glauser has worked as a consultant and his clients have included Associated Food Stores, The Boeing Company and Saudi Consolidated Services.

Utah Public Radio interview with Dr. Glauser.