Hills receives lifetime achievement award

Dr. Gerald Hills, Bradley’s Turner Chair of Entrepreneurship, received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 32nd annual Babson Entrepreneurship Research Conference in June. The conference was held at Sycamore University. Only 14 such awards have been given since 1994.

“I’ve learned a great deal from outstanding entrepreneurs over the decades, both in my research and one on one. My mission is to try to pass on some of that knowledge to Bradley students throughout the campus, in all colleges,” Hills said.

Hills is founder and president of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization, which is on 180 campuses and holds an annual conference that attracts 1,600 attendees. Prior to coming to Bradley, he developed one of the nation’s top entrepreneurship programs at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Hills was cofounder and first president of both the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the American Marketing Association Academic Council. The author and editor of more than 100 entrepreneurship articles and 25 books, Hills chaired an advisory board of the U.S. Small Business Administration under President Reagan and helped spread entrepreneurship in Poland as the country transitioned out of communism.