Gordon Institute History

The institute functioned in the exploratory and planning phase under the direction of Professor Bill Gordon, the visionary from its onset. Grace College President, Dr. Ron Manahan, officially announced and names 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 being named Director of Online Education in August 2011 when 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.
  • Applied Learning – Offering experiential learning opportunities.
  • Consulting – Providing business expertise and acumen.
  • Practicums – Facilitating project based programs.
  • Business Plan Competition – Cultivating enterprise development.

II. Community Engagement

  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) – Providing free tax preparation for qualifying taxpayers.
  • Executive Forum – Offering relevant forums on business themes.
  • Renaissance Executive Forum – Facilitating executive thought and collaboration.
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Academy (YEA) – Providing dual credit opportunities and business acumen.
  • Kauffman Foundation FASTTRAC programs – Offering adult entrepreneurship opportunities.
  • Financial Literacy – Providing financial understanding and accomplishment.
  • Micro Enterprise/Lending – Providing small businesses and organizations with guidance.

III. Alumni Engagement

  • Coaching – Providing workshops, practicums, and mentoring.
  • Collaboration – Facilitating opportunities for those with needs and those with resources.
  • Connection –Enabling access to corporate and academic resources.
  • Capital – Providing direction, expertise, and resource availability.
  • Convenience – Facilitating educational and enterprise development capability.
  • Creativity – Providing internships, practicums, and consulting.



Email Alan Grossnickle or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6091.