Scarlett Named Interim Director of UNC Wilmington Entrepreneurship Center

Fran Scarlett

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has named Fran Scarlett as interim director of the UNCW Entrepreneurship Center (EC).  Scarlett replaces Jonathan Rowe, who is resigning his position as director to join Wilmington-based technology startup nCino as director of marketing.  Rowe has led the EC since its 2010 inception, supported the launch of five startup companies, and worked with countless entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout the Cape Fear region. 

"It was a true honor and privilege to be part of such an important effort in starting the UNCW Entrepreneurship Center," said Rowe.  I am very proud of what we as a community and university have built to support entrepreneurship; the EC is a critical part of our region's current and future economic success."

UNCW Chancellor Gary L. Miller remains fully committed to the role of the EC as a leading catalyst for economic change in the region.  "While I appreciate the great work that has been accomplished thus far, I look forward to even greater success as we move forward with new leadership," he said. 

As director of the southeastern regional Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC), which is housed at the university, Scarlett provides direction and coordination of business and economic development activities in six counties. In 2011, the SBTDC assisted small businesses in the region to create 523 jobs, obtain $8.5M in capital and support the startup of 13 new companies. Scarlett and her staff specialize in helping companies in a wide variety of industries assess their current business needs and recommend efficient, effective, sustainable solutions.

Scarlett has an MBA from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Boston University.  Prior to her current position, she ran her own management consulting firm.

A national search will begin soon for a permanent director of the UNCW Entrepreneurship Center.

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