Greene Establishes James L. Stapleton Endowed Scholarship


Photo of Dr. James Stapleton

Dr. James Stapleton is executive director of the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 18, 2011 — Douglas C. Greene, entrepreneur, benefactor and friend of Southeast Missouri State University, announced the establishment May 13 of the James L. Stapleton Endowed Scholarship.

Greene announced the new award at the dedication ceremony of the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) in his name at Southeast Missouri State University. Greene established the award to honor James Stapleton, executive director of the Greene CIE, for his tireless efforts in the development and incubation of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship programs at Southeast. Stapleton also is an assistant professor of management at the University.

The renewable scholarship will be awarded each academic year to a full-time student who is a business major attending Southeast.  A minimum 2.0 grade point average is required. First preference will be given to a College of Business major pursuing entrepreneurial studies. The College of Business Scholarship Committee will select the recipient.

“It is such an honor to receive this generous recognition from Doug and Heather Greene,” Stapleton said. “Doug has been an amazing supporter and mentor to our entrepreneurship program. He is such a wonderful example for our students as an innovator and someone with an acutely entrepreneurial mindset that is constantly seeking opportunities to create value. The Greenes have provided the University tremendous financial and personal resources, which create opportunities for students, faculty and staff. The fact that they chose to associate me with this endowed scholarship is something I will forever cherish.”

Stapleton joined the Southeast faculty in 2006 and is assistant professor in the Department of Management and Marketing.  As executive director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast, Stapleton works to advance the teaching, practice and science of entrepreneurship so as to stimulate economic growth and development through new venture formation, technology commercialization and improved competitive performance of entrepreneurial enterprises.  

Stapleton received his bachelor of science degree in organizational leadership and management from Friends University and then earned his master’s degrees in business administration and business education from Southern New Hampshire University. He holds a doctoral degree in workforce education and development from Southern Illinois University.

Stapleton has 10 years of entrepreneurial and business development experience in a variety of market sectors, including retail, light manufacturing, and telecommunications and information technology services. His academic career includes more than seven years of secondary and postsecondary teaching experience.

Stapleton’s research interest includes group dynamics, entrepreneurship education and capacity building, and online education.  Stapleton has authored several articles for various publications including the “Delta Pi Epsilon Journal,” “National Association of Business Teacher Educator’s Journal,” and the “Human Systems Management Journal.” He also received the Best Research Paper award twice at the National Business Education Research Conference. He has authored 15 successful external grant proposals that brought nearly $1.5 million into the University.

He was named the 2010 University Educator of the Year by the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce. He has been appointed to the Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus Executive Advisory Committee and elected to the University Economic Development Association (UEDA) Board of Directors.

Greene, who established the scholarship, is a long-time supporter and advisor to the University’s entrepreneurship program and has been instrumental in the entrepreneurial movement at Southeast. He has a strong commitment to providing students opportunities for success as witnessed by the support he has provided through scholarships and other resources for the University. 

“There is no one more deserving of recognition at Southeast than Dr. James Stapleton for his work in establishing entrepreneurial programs, not only at Southeast but also in the Cape Girardeau community, its public schools as well as the nine-state area referred to as the Delta Regional Authority,” Greene said in announcing the establishment of the Stapleton scholarship. “He is an inspiration and friend to all who come in contact with him.”

The Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Southeast Missouri State University is one of the most comprehensive entrepreneurship-focused university centers in the Midwest, offering a wide array of academic and outreach programs and services, including: innovation development and research; entrepreneurship education, training and mentorship; and business incubation and development services.  The CIE supports Southeast Missouri State University’s strategic priority to advance the region’s economic appeal and strength by accelerating local and regional economic growth and development that improves the quality of lives, communities and businesses in southeast Missouri and the surrounding region.