Interim director Robert Stein to head Pitt entrepreneur center

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A four-month search for an executive director at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence ended Monday with the appointment of interim director Robert Stein.

Mr. Stein, a veteran tech entrepreneur who has worked with the institute since 2005, will replace outgoing founder and executive director Ann Dugan, effective Tuesday.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled for Bob and what this appointment means for the future success of the Institute,” said Ms. Dugan in a news release. “Bob is not only a renowned entrepreneur but a natural leader who works extremely well with institute staff and members while pushing the bar on what can be possible.”

Mr. Stein, who began his first entrepreneurial venture at age 16 as founder of technology information site Active Network Inc., has worked with the Institute under several roles, most recently as the director of the Information Technology Consulting Practice— a department he created in 2007. He is also a world-renowned technology consultant and one of only a few thousand experts across the globe who has received Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional Award.

Over the course of several years in the technology industry, Mr. Stein has made contacts with top executives such as Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman to name a few.

Mr. Stein holds a bachelor of science degree in operations and information systems management from Pennsylvania State University, a master's of business administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a certificate in executive leadership from Harvard University.

For his part, Mr. Stein said he is ready to take the reigns from Mrs. Dugan but plans to follow the examples she set.

“I have learned so much from Ann during my time with the institute and it is my vision to continue to build upon Ann’s legacy of impacting entrepreneurs and business leaders to grow the regional economy,” he said in a news release.

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