John Altman
John Altman

Institute for Entrepreneurship named for alumnus John Altman

Altman helped to shape institute

In recognition of Miami University alumnus John W. Altman’s most recent gift to Miami’s Institute for Entrepreneurship at the Farmer School of Business, the institute which he helped to shape will be named for him.

From its modest start in 1992, the institute has grown in size and stature to become a national presence, being ranked as one of the Top 10 Entrepreneurship Programs among public undergraduate schools in the country by the Princeton Review 11 years in a row. More than 2,500 undergraduates from 114 of the 122 majors offered across campus are enrolled in entrepreneurship courses.

Altman will be celebrated in a ceremony naming the John W. Altman Institute for Entrepreneurship at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, in the Forsythe Commons of the Farmer School of Business, 800 East High Street, Oxford.

For more than three decades, Altman has been a successful entrepreneur, having owned, founded, and/or been a partner in six businesses, two of which were ultimately sold to multinational companies. He also served as a senior manager of two multinational corporations, Rohm & Haas and ICI.

He was the first Richard A. Forsythe Professor of Entrepreneurship and first director of the Thomas C. Page Center for Entrepreneurship at Miami. Altman received the Associated Student Government Outstanding Teacher Award in 1994 as well as the Miami Greek associations’ Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award in 1997. He has also taught at Babson College and the University of California-Berkeley.

He is a current member of the Miami University board of trustees, the Farmer School Board of Visitors and has also served on the advisory board for the Institute for Entrepreneurship.

Former students, friends and colleagues are invited to attend the ceremony and reception.