Director of the People's United Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Fred McKinney
Director of the People's United Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Fred "Dr. Fred" W. McKinney is the Carlton Highsmith Chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Lender School of Business at Quinnipiac University. Additionally, He is the Director of the People's United Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Dr. McKinney received his Ph.D. in economics from Yale University in 1983, and his BA degree in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles. Dr. McKinney worked as the Managing Director for Minority Business Programs at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (2015-2018); President and CEO of the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (2001 - 2015); Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut School of Business (1987-2001); and Assistant Professor at Brandeis University, Heller School (1983-1987). In addition, Dr. McKinney was a graduate assistant at the White House, Council of Economic Advisers 1978-79 and the Rand Corporations (summers of 1977 and 1978). Dr. McKinney owned and operated several successful ventures in the coffee industry. Dr. McKinney has been honored by numerous organizations. Notably, in 2017, the United States Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency, presented Dr. McKinney with its highest award, the Ronald H. Brown Leadership Award. A prolific writer, Dr. McKinney has authored four books and over 60 articles on minority business development and corporate supplier diversity. Dr. McKinney has served on many boards of directors including, Yale New Haven Health System's Bridgeport Hospital, The Gateway Community College Foundation, Bridgeport Habitat for Humanity, The Forum for World Affairs, The Community's Bank of Bridgeport, Empower Yourself, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's Community Advisory Board.