Frank Hoy is the inaugural Paul R. Beswick Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s School of Business. He is also director of WPI’s Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Dr. Hoy received his Ph.D. in Management from Texas A&M University. Formerly, he held the Chair for the Study of Trade in the Americas and was director of the Centers for Entrepreneurial Development, Advancement, Research and Support in the College of Business Administration at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). From 1991 to 2001, he served as dean of UTEP’s Business College.
Dr. Hoy’s professional service includes having been chair of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management, senior vice president of the International Council for Small Business, vice president of the Family Firm Institute, and president of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He is currently president of the Family Enterprise Research Conference.
Dr. Hoy has held endowed positions at three universities and published more than seven books and 130 articles and papers. Hoy was drawn to WPI’s long-standing tradition of innovation and entrepreneurship and was impressed by how those ideals are tightly woven into the fabric of the university’s curriculum and community.
Dr. Hoy’s research concentrations are family business, entrepreneurship and economic development, franchising, and technology entrepreneurship. He is a past editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and was editor for Latin America for the Journal of World Business. His most recently co-authored books are Entrepreneurial Family Firms (2010) and Small Business Management (2012). Hoy is a Fellow of the Family Firm Institute, the International Council for Small Business, the International Family Enterprise Research Academy, and the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.