Frank Hoy is the Paul Beswick professor of entrepreneurship and director of the Collaborative for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Dr Hoy earned his PhD at Texas A&M University, where he developed a small business outreach program for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. Subsequently, he became director of the Small Business Development Center for the State of Georgia. He moved from the University of Georgia to Georgia State University in 1988 as the Carl R. Zwerner professor of family-owned businesses. From 1991 to 2001 Dr Hoy was dean of the College of Business and subsequently director of the entrepreneurship program at the University of Texas at El Paso.