Faculty & Professional Staff

Dr. Gerald E. Hills

Academic/Executive Director

Dr. Hills currently serves at Bradley University as the Founding Academic/Executive Director of the Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  He also is the Turner Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship. 

Under his guidance, Bradley University is now ranked in the top 20 nationally for undergraduate entrepreneurship programs by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.

Prior to joining Bradley University, Professor Hills was holder of the Coleman Foundation Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship, Executive Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, and former Associate Dean at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

His M.B.A. and Doctorate are from Indiana University.  He began his career at The University of Tennessee and served as Professor and Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies.  Dr. Hills has written and edited 25 books and written more than 100 articles including in the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Marketing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, the Journal of Business Venturing, Business Horizons, Journal of Technological and Social Change, the Journal of Small Business Management, the International Journal of Small Business, and in publications of the American Marketing Association.  He has served on the Editorial Boards of all the leading entrepreneurship journals.

He is Past-President of the International Council for Small Business and co-founder and first President of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.  Dr. Hills is founder and Chair of the Research Symposium on Marketing and Entrepreneurship, an annual meeting, for 25 years, in which leading research professors from around the world are invited to present their works.  He served as Vice-President of the Education Division, on the Board of Directors, and as co-founder and first appointed President of the American Marketing Association’s Academic Council.

At UIC, Professor Hills co-founded the Certificate Program and undergraduate Major in Entrepreneurial Studies, a Concentration in Entrepreneurship at the MBA level and PhD programming in entrepreneurship.  He co-founded the UIC Technology Commercialization Program, and the UIC Certificate in Business Administration program for company owners, a national award winning four-month program.  He founded and chaired the annual Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame which recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs at a prestigious annual celebration.  He also founded and leads the national Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization, which has student chapters on 240 university campuses. 

He received the NASDAQ Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence Award with Columbia and Cornell, and his program was consistently ranked in the Top 10 nationally by Entrepreneur magazine and the Princeton Review. The highest award was 3rd in the nation by Success magazine.

Professor Hills served as Chair of the National Small Business Development Center Advisory Board in Washington under President Reagan.  Dr. Hills experienced the entrepreneurial growth stage at Xerox Corporation, and served on the Boards and/or as a consultant to several entrepreneur driven companies.

He received the Academy of Management’s “Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Entrepreneurship”. Dr. Hills recently received the highest leadership award from the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He was ranked among his peer Center Directors # 8, just ahead of Wharton and Indiana’s Center Directors (by Entrepreneur magazine). He was named a Wilford L. White Fellow of the International Council for Small Business; and is a recipient of the Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education, awarded by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.  Finally, he was recently awarded Babson College’s Lifetime Award at Syracuse University, and the Pioneer Award by Oklahoma State University.


Mr. Kenneth R. Klotz, J.D.

Managing Director

Mr. Klotz is the first Managing Director of the Turner School of Entrepreneurship & Innovation.  His responsibilities include day-to-day management of the Turner School, creation of new student entrepreneurship activities and programs, and along with the Executive Director, primary contact with students and faculty.

He holds a B.S in Business Administration from Illinois State University, and a J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law.  For 13 years he practiced business and commercial law in Houston, Texas.  For six of those years, he also served as a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee for the Southern District of Texas.

From 1998- May 2009, Mr. Klotz served as the Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bradley University.  Through the SBDC, he provided business counseling services to entrepreneurs.  His work with clients centered around assisting entrepreneurs with startup and growth plans, technology commercialization, analysis of company financial statements, marketing advice, and accessing financing programs. 

From June 2009 to the present, Mr. Klotz has served as the Director-Programs of the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship at Bradley University, where he develops and manages existing and new programs.  He also provides advice in the areas of financial statement analysis, strategic planning, and growth strategies.