Deborah Hoover, President and CEO of Burton D. Morgan Foundation, was recognized for Outstanding Contributions to Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Higher Education at the 5th Annual Deshpande Symposium in Lowell, Massachusetts on June 14. The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary achievements to entrepreneurship in higher education. The recipient of this award should be known for leadership activities, service, and/or contributions to advancing the field of entrepreneurship in higher education.

Hoover was honored for her dedication and commitment to fostering entrepreneurship across higher education. Through her work at the Foundation she has helped inspire hundreds of students at colleges across Ohio and the country to adopt entrepreneurial activities on their campuses. As a result of Hoover's tireless work, coalitions have been built across institutions and geographies to strengthen the economic fabric of local communities.

Hoover stated, "As Morgan Foundation has experimented over the last decade with support for curricular and co-curricular approaches to collegiate entrepreneurship education, we have greatly valued opportunities to share lessons learned with experts in the field. Deshpande Symposium has provided the Foundation with knowledgeable colleagues who have shared their expertise with us and listened carefully to our ideas and results. As recognition of our journey of discovery, we are thrilled to receive this national recognition of our work. The award will fuel our energy for the future and inspire us to continue to not only experiment, but also to share our stories and results. We express deep gratitude to Deshpande Symposium for this boost to our role as champion of the entrepreneurial spirit."

The Deshpande Symposium is a gathering of like-minded practitioners focused on accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship across the college and university environment. The Symposium provides a venue for attendees to learn from each others' experiences; to gain wider exposure for their ideas, successes and start-ups; and to collaborate on activities that increase innovation and entrepreneurship in their academic communities.