Ian Mortimer has been chosen as the Golisano Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship’s inaugural president.
Mortimer, who most recently was vice president of enrollment management and associate provost at Rochester Institute of Technology, has shepherded and shaped several key initiatives over his career.
“Ian possesses the qualifications and expertise to guide our institute into a well-respected and sought-after business education alternative,” says Tom Golisano, who founded the institute last month. “He knows our mission, embodies the entrepreneurial spirit, and is committed to our business-centric ethos.”
The Golisano Institute, a nonprofit two-year certificate program focused on business, expects to start classes next fall. Located in a former Paychex building in Brighton, the school expects to charge students $8,900 a year in tuition. Golisano plans to cover operating costs through an endowment from the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation.
The school was founded to reduce the time and costs of a traditional business school education. It targets high school graduates and young working professionals looking for an affordable alternative to a traditional business education.
Mortimer earned a BA in English and MSEd in counseling psychology at St. Bonaventure University, has a MBA from the Saunders College of Business at RIT, and is finishing up his doctorate in business from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. His experience at RIT, Nazareth College and Champlain College in Burlington, Vt., is expected to help build the institute for the future.
“I am incredibly honored to serve as the inaugural president of the Golisano Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship. It will be a privilege to work with the team to build the institute and next chapter of higher education,” says Mortimer. “There is a clear urgency to provide first-rate, affordable education and the Golisano Institute will situate itself perfectly as a leading option for learners to receive the highest quality academic and experiential program, while being more economical from an accelerated schedule and lower cost.”
Smriti Jacob is Rochester Beacon managing editor. The Beacon welcomes comments from readers who adhere to our comment policy including use of their full, real name.