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Brennan Named Director of Graham Entrepreneurship Certificate Program

Michael Brennan
1/20/2011 —

Michael E. Brennan has been named the director of the Graham Entrepreneurship Certificate Program at Penn State York. Brennan began his duties Dec. 1 and as part of the job will continue the visionary leaders lecture series on campus and work closely with faculty to infuse an entrepreneurial curriculum focus across multiple disciplines. A new certificate program is planned for fall 2011.

“We are delighted that Michael Brennan, who was chosen after a national search, agreed to serve as the director of the Graham Entrepreneurship Certificate Program. Mike’s vast experience in business and industry and his knowledge of the entrepreneurial process make him the ideal person to lead this important new student-centered venture at Penn State York,” said Joel M. Rodney, chancellor at the campus. “Mike’s background in industry and the York community will allow him to step into this new role and hit the ground running, as we look to him to make connections for the campus, our faculty, and our students with local and nationally acclaimed entrepreneurs.”

Brennan will also work to create junior workshops to reach out to local junior and senior high school students through existing campus programs such as the Chancellor’s Honor Certificate in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Pathways to Your Future Exploring STEM Careers, and Project Talent Connections.

Prior to taking on his new position at the campus, Brennan served as director of operations for Tazo Tea, Portland, Ore., a division of Starbucks Coffee Company, Seattle, Wash. His career in operations management has provided comprehensive manufacturing solutions for international companies including Starbucks, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Digital Equipment Corporation, and General Electric. Brennan served as the director of operations for the Starbucks York Roasting Plant before being promoted to run the Tazo Tea operations in Portland, Ore. He also served as a Penn State York Advisory Board member and during that time assisted the campus in procuring funding for the Starbucks Greenhouse which opened on campus in July 2005.

Brennan holds a bachelor of science in business from Trinity College, Burlington, Vt. He attended the Babson College Management Program; the General Electric Manufacturing Management Program, a two-year program; and the General Electric Apprentice Training Program, a three-year-program. In addition, he has attended training programs in LEAN Manufacturing and Corporate Diversity and Cultural Awareness.

Brennan resides in York with his wife, Joan, and the couple has three grown children.

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