Empowering the Ecosystem

Ronald C. Williams, Ph.D.

Center for Strategic Entrepreneurship, Coppin State University, Founding Director

“Dr. Ronald (Ron) C. Williams has served in higher education for 39 years, spending the past 28 years as a faculty member in the Coppin State University (CSU) College of Business and serving as interim dean from 2013 until 2017. Having built a career on community-centric academic innovation, he is responsible for establishing the first formal relationship in the nation between an HBCU and a state-of-the-art, large-scale, community-embedded makerspace and conducting groundbreaking research regarding the effectiveness and economic impact of a makerspace. Since coining the phrase “ingepreneurship” (inge… as in ingenuity) in 2017 to describe a process for improving economic mobility in underserved communities, Dr. Williams has served as academic advisor on research studies with The Century Foundation and the Urban Manufacturing Alliance, launched Coppin State University’s Entrepreneurship and InnovationCertificate Program, founded the Coppin State University Center for Strategic Entrepreneurship, served as faculty advisor of award-winning student teams in local and national innovation competitions, and developed a trust-climate assessment instrument and “relational innovation” framework for collaborative economic development across cultural and geographic divides. Dr. Williams holds a Ph.D. in management and organization from George Washington University with concentrations in organization behavior & development, and the management of science, technology, & innovation; a master’s degree in human resource development from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland; and a bachelor’s degree with majors in psychology, social science, and education from the University of Tampa in Tampa, Florida. He also serves on the AAAS HBCU Making & Innovation Advisory Board, the Open Works(Baltimore) Board of Directors, and as president and chair of the Urban Manufacturing Alliance.”