Over the past half-century, Dean Rudy Lamone has become an icon
at the University of Maryland and a pioneer in the realm of
entrepreneurship. He served as dean of the Robert H. Smith School of
Business from 1973 to 1992. Under his leadership it joined other
top-ranked institutions as one of the most respected business
schools in the world.
“The biggest pleasure in my life has been being around
high-energy students who want to be entrepreneurs,” says Rudy. “I
love all my students, but the entrepreneurship students are very
special to me. They’re a very different breed, and every year I get
a whole new crop. Even now that I’m retired, somehow they find me.
That’s my real joy, seeing some kids that I’ve mentored, create
In 1986, when Rudy set out to establish an entrepreneurial
support center for the business school, he found a willing partner
in Michael D. Dingman and the
Dingman Center for
Entrepreneurship was born.
Together with colleagues from Indiana University and the
University of Southern California, Rudy cofounded the National
Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers in 1996, now the
Consortium, with a membership of 200 universities and colleges
around the world. He serves as director on the board of several
companies, public and private. In 1996, he was named “Entrepreneur
of the Year” by Ernst & Young for his work in support of
entrepreneurship. In 1998, he was selected to receive the
President’s Medal at the University of Maryland. In 1999, he
co-founded DirectGene, a biotechnology company that has developed
gene therapies directed toward the treatment of metastatic prostate
and breast cancer. He served as a venture partner with Gabriel
Venture Partners, Annapolis, Md., and Redwood Shores, Ca.
Read more about Rudy in a recent edition of
Smith Business magazine “The Godfather