Announcing Brian McCann, TFC Faculty Director

We are pleased to announce Professor Brian McCann as the new Faculty Director for the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures. A long-time supporter and partner in the work of the TFC, Professor McCann is a celebrated teacher, mentor, and faculty member in the Owen Graduate School of Management. As faculty director, he will collaborate with center staff and student leadership to continue building the Center’s strategy for programming and learning at the intersection of social impact and business.

Many will recognize Professor McCann as a beloved professor of strategy at Owen, a long-time friend of the TFC, leading workshops and serving as a judge and supporter of the annual Hult Prize competition. He is excited about the opportunity to expand that role: “It’s been great to support the TFC from the periphery, but I’m really looking forward to a deeper connection.”

McCann brings perspective of both professor and alumnus, as a 2004 Owen MBA graduate and recipient of the Founder’s Medal award. He completed his PhD in Strategic Management at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management, returning to Owen as a faculty member in 2009, where he earned tenure in 2015 and was promoted to Professor in 2021. His research spans strategic management and entrepreneurship, including governance choices in interfirm relationships and the effects associated with the propensity of similar firms to co-locate geographically.  He has also studied a variety of decision choices in entrepreneurial ventures.

In addition to his academic career, Professor McCann has more than ten years of industry experience, including running JMD Development, Inc., a residential land development company; serving as the CFO for the internet start-up Solve Interactive; and developing new strategic initiatives for the Dayton Development Coalition, a non-profit economic development group.

McCann succeeds Founding Faculty Director Professor Bart Victor, who announced his retirement this year, and whose conviction was that students from across professions would come together to pair their competence with their compassion to lead meaningful change. McCann notes that “one of the biggest changes I’ve seen in MBA students since my days in the MBA program is the increased interest in social issues. I’ve been a big fan of how the TFC provides a forum for students to take a leadership role in pursuing those interests.”

Center Staff Director, Mario Avila (MBA ‘12) shares his excitement to continue working with Professor McCann in this new capacity, “Brian will push us to think critically and strategically about our Center’s future. It is rare to have two of your favorite professors become your colleagues, and to have shared the floor to teach Project Pyramid with Bart and now with Brian means so much to me – and to our students who will benefit greatly from Brian’s leadership and teaching.”

McCann will work with TFC staff and student leadership in setting the Center’s strategy for the years ahead, and will also work with Mario Avila in teaching Project Pyramid, the Center’s cornerstone course. Please join us in welcoming Professor Brian McCann into this new role of leadership within the Center – we look forward to the years ahead of learning from and with Professor McCann.

In service and leadership,

Mario Avila & TFC Student Leadership


August 2021