Dr. Briana Sell Stenard joined the faculty of Mercer’s Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics this fall as assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Stenard earned her Ph.D. in strategic management and entrepreneurship from the Georgia Institute of Technology and her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Georgia.

Her research agenda lies at the intersection of management and entrepreneurship with a primary focus on the role of human capital in shaping entrepreneurial entry, performance, survival and exit. She also has strong interest in the effects of entrepreneurship on local economic growth.

In 2015, Dr. Stenard received the prestigious Kauffman Foundation Dissertation Fellowship award for her dissertation on human capital and the entrepreneurial careers of scientists and engineers. She has presented and been recognized for her research at multiple national and international academic conferences. 

“Briana’s enthusiasm for our mission of developing entrepreneurial leaders and her attraction to Macon made her an instant finalist in our search for a new faculty in entrepreneurship,” said Dr. Susan P. Gilbert, dean of the Stetson School of Business and Economics. 

“The fact that she received her training at Georgia Tech and that she was named one of only 14 Kauffman Dissertation Fellows in the country made us enthusiastic about her candidacy. We are thrilled to have her join us.”

Dr. Stenard has previously worked with the Economics Section of the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece, the M.I.T. Task Force on its Production in the Innovation Economy project, and the Council for Quality Growth on economic development in metro Atlanta. 

She is an active member of the Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society and the Southern Management Association.