Craig Watters elected as the Senior Vice President
for Marketing/Membership in USASBE
Craig Watters, executive director of the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship, is the newly elected Senior Vice President for Marketing/Membership in United States Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (USASBE).
Craig Watters is an accomplished scholar, educator, entrepreneur, manager, and economic development specialist. He is the Norman C. Stevenson Chair in the School of Entrepreneurship and International Entrepreneurship Chair.
He comes to OSU from the top-ranked entrepreneurship program at Syracuse University, where he led a portfolio of educational and community engagement initiatives. He has worked with faculty across an array of disciplines on curriculum development and outreach programs related to creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Watters helped conceptualize and launch the highly successful South Side Entrepreneurial Connect Project, which has contributed to the transformation of an economically challenged inner city community. He has served as assistant dean for advancement in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse, and director of its economic stimulus center, the I-Launch Pad. His research and community work led to his nomination for an economic development award from Senator Hillary Clinton in 2003 traveled to Ireland as part of Clinton’s trade mission.