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Jeffrey D. Clark Center for Entrepreneurship

The Clark Center for Entrepreneurship prepares tomorrow’s leaders by providing both inside-the-classroom instruction and outside-the-classroom experiences in innovative business thinking, new venture competencies, and ethical leadership to strengthen local, national and global economies and societies.

The curriculum and programs are designed to take students through the stages of new venture creation: opportunity assessment, business model development, planning, funding, marketing and growth. The Center helps students develop skills in both enterprise creation and social venturing, and emphasizes entrepreneurship as a leadership model for existing organizations. World-renowned faculty and successful entrepreneurs from a variety of industries teach in formal and informal settings.

The programs of the Clark Center are available to all USU students, across all campuses throughout Utah. Members of the public may also benefit from the Center by taking any entrepreneurship course as a continuing education offering.

Jeffrey D. Clark

Chairman and CEO, J.D. Clark and Associates and Praesideo Funds

Jeff Clark started J. D. Clark & Company and the Praesideo Funds in January of 1991. J. D. Clark provides administrative, tax, financial accounting and compliance solutions for hedge funds and funds of hedge funds. Praesideo Funds manages hedge funds invested both domestically and internationally. Mr. Clark's companies are headquartered in Utah with offices in New York and Grand Cayman. Collectively, J. D. Clark & Company and the Praesideo Funds invest and administer in excess of $10 billion.

After earning a bachelor's in accounting at Utah State in 1982, Mr. Clark began his career at KPMG in Seattle where he worked in their audit and small business advisory practice. He later served for several years as the vice president of finance for the Cascade Funds and Rainier Partners as well as the CFO of the Genesee Funds.

Mr. Clark and his wife, Bonnie, have five children. The Clark family enjoys many diverse interests. He likes to unwind on his Harley as well as riding horses, skiing, boating, and family activities. Mrs. Clark and the girls are all beauty pageant winners. His sons share in his vintage car enthusiasm, and his eldest son is currently attending Utah State University.

Mr. Clark is also active in community service as a board member of the Weber Foundation where he chairs its Business Development Committee. He is also the chairman of the Utah Junior Miss Board of Directors and a board member of Habitat for Humanity in Ogden, Utah. Mr. and Mrs. Clark fund a Jon M. Huntsman School of Business scholarship.

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Who are the founders board members

Our Founders Board is a network of alumni and friends from all over the country who support the activities offered by the Jeffrey D. Clark Center for Entrepreneurship in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. Our board members are from all over the country and energize our program with their passion, expertise and generosity. From entrepreneurs, attorneys, executives, CEO’s, angel investors and venture capitalists, they comprise an invaluable resource for teaching and mentoring our student entrepreneurs.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Founders Board is to help Utah State University students from all departments and campuses create successful and sustainable businesses.

How to Become a Founder

If you’re interested in providing mentoring and networking opportunities for our students, and are passionate about entrepreneurship, we invite you to become a member of the Founders Board. Members make an annual contribution of $2,500 which supports student scholarships, programs and competitions sponsored by the Jeffrey D. Clark Center for Entrepreneurship.

How Founders Participate

There are a variety of ways to get involved:

  • speaking in classes as a guest lecturer
  • serving as a competition judge
  • mentoring students in the Entrepreneurship Club
  • providing internship opportunities
  • attending networking events
  • offering input and feedback on our program
  • the SEED program

More Information

Please contact the center director, Mike Glauser, at mike.glauser@usu.edu for more information on becoming a Founders Board member.

Contact Information

Phone: 435.797.1107

Email: andy.thunell@usu.edu