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Stanford Report, March 8, 2000

Chuck Holloway honored by Business School faculty

Chuck Holloway, who served for seven years as an associate dean of the Stanford Business School and today is codirector of its Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, has been honored with the Robert T. Davis Award, presented by the school's faculty to recognize extraordinary contributions.

"They had you in mind when they wrote the description for this award," former Dean Robert Jaedicke said in remarks read at a Feb. 27 reception where the surprise announcement was made.

Faculty colleague Michael Harrison described two of Holloway's important traits: the value he places on academic enterprise and his behavior toward other people. "The dictionary defines courtesy as generosity, consideration and cooperation," said Harrison. "Chuck is the most courteous person I have ever known."

Addressing his faculty colleagues, Holloway said: "We are all institution builders in some sense. When you have people who are competitive and who strive for excellence and put them in one organization, it doesn't always work. We have been fortunate to have deans who have been able to take excellent, competitive colleagues and put us together into an organization.

"That has colored what I've done. It's something we as a school have that's not easy to maintain. It's worth striving for."

Holloway served as associate dean at different times under Jaedicke and former dean Rene McPherson. He also held the post for one year under emeritus Dean Michael Spence in 1990. He is the school's Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Professor of Management. In the early 1990s, Holloway was a founding force behind a new joint effort between the Stanford schools of business and engineering to develop a dual master's degree program. Known today as the Alliance for Innovative Manufacturing, the joint effort also was the impetus for a very successful doctoral program for scholars with business backgrounds preparing to teach in manufacturing programs in major universities.

Holloway coteaches the very popular MBA elective course "Evaluating Entrepreneurial Opportunities," in which students analyze a business opportunity, create a business plan and present the plan to a panel of faculty, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. SR