Alumni honor beloved professor Barrett Hazeltine with a named professorship
Engineering 0009 - better known as Engin. 9 - Barrett Hazeltine’s course on Management of Industrial and Nonprofit Organizations, has on occasion drawn as many as one tenth of all Brown undergraduates. His texts are actual case studies, his style inclusive and energetic, his advice direct and to the point. His connection with undergraduates is legendary: Former students return as guest lecturers to offer real-life perspectives; present students queue up for his office hours. It’s no wonder he received the senior class award for excellence in teaching so often that, in 1985, it was named after him.
“Dean Hazeltine embodies all that is good about Brown,” —Daniel S. O’Connell ’76 P’05.
Now, he has something else named after him. In 2006, a group of Brown philanthropists led by James J. Burke, Jr. ’73, P’05 ’06 ’10 established the Barrett Hazeltine University Professorship in Entrepreneurship and Organizational Studies, honoring the innovative individual who has taught and mentored Brown students for nearly 50 years.
“Dean Hazeltine embodies all that is good about Brown,” says Daniel S. O’Connell ’76 P’05. “Barrett became my advisor, my close friend, and my confidante.” “When we met, Barrett was everything people said he would be,” agrees Richard C. Barker ’57 P’03, P’05. “The professorship was a great opportunity and I was happy to participate.”
To sufficiently honor such a beloved professor, the University sought an equally impressive candidate and, in Angus Kingon P’06, they found one. Kingon—physical chemist, engineer, materials scientist, inventor, management professor, entrepreneur, and Brown parent—was installed as the first Barrett Hazeltine University Professor of Entrepreneurship and Organizational Studies in May 2008. In July, he also began a three-year appointment as director of the C. V. Starr Program in Commerce, Organization and Entrepreneurship. “It was as a Brown parent that I first met Hazeltine,” he remembers. “I was immediately impressed. Engineering schools began studying entrepreneurship in the 1980s, but Barrett was already doing it during the 1970s."
The selection of Kingon has enabled the University to move forward in several significant ways. He has launched an overhaul of the undergraduate Entrepreneurship courses taught at Brown, making sure they are well-linked and well-coordinated. At the same time, he is immersed in a five-year partnership among Brown, the University of Cape Town, and other Universities aimed at improving and delivering business education to entrepreneurs in Africa, particularly to women. Part of a larger international initiative led by Goldman Sachs, it aims to increase the number of underserved women receiving a business and management education.
Kingon also oversees PRIME—the Division of Engineering’s master’s level Program in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship—teaches undergraduates, and, as a professor of Engineering, continues his own research into electronic materials.
“We’re starting to effect some important changes and improvements in the way we are teaching entrepreneurship,” says Kingon. “And, because of our projects with a global scope, I trust and believe that we will have an impact on the world as well. This is an exciting time; Brown is a stimulating environment in which to do new things."