Veteran Leader Named Managing Director of SMU’s Spears Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership

by | Mar 13, 2024
Joshua Taylor will be responsible for leading the institute’s goals, programs, and operations, in alignment with the overall mission and vision of SMU Cox, co-founding directors Megha Tolia and Nirav Tolia, and benefactor Dr. William S. Spears.
Shondaland COO and Nextdoor Founder: Dallas Power Couple Tapped to Lead SMU Entrepreneur Hub at Cox School of Business
Global TV and tech innovators Megha and Nirav Tolia will helm SMU’s Spears Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Launched in 2022 with the largest-ever gift by a non-alumnus in SMU's history, the institute is gearing up to leverage the "culture of free enterprise in North Texas."
SMU Lands One of its Largest Gifts Ever to Fund Entrepreneurship
by | Apr 28, 2022
William Spears, founder and CEO of Dallas-based sustainability solutions firm Cenergistic, has given SMU the largest donation from a non-alum in its more than century-long history.

The gift will be used to set up the William S. Spears Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership within the Cox School of Business, as well as the Spears Accelerator, to help get student- and faculty-formed businesses off the ground, and other entrepreneur-supporting efforts.