The institute functioned in the exploratory and planning phase under the direction of Professor Bill Gordon, who was the institute's visionary from its onset. Grace College president, Dr. Ron Manahan, officially announced and named the Institute during Commencement ceremonies on May 9, 2009 as the William P. Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development. At that time, Tim Ziebarth was named the Institute’s director. Tim served as director until he was named director of Online Education in August 2011. Then, Alan Grossnickle became the newest director of the Institute. The Institute has developed a strategic plan to support Grace College and the School of Business activities through 2018. The Institute will have three strategic goals: Student Engagement, Community Engagement and Alumni Engagement.
I. Student Engagement
Internships – Facilitating and proctoring student work experiences.