Dr. David Summers is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship. He earned a Ph.D. in Organization Theory and Strategy from the University of North Texas, an MBA from West Texas A&M University, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University. Prior to coming to UHV, Dr. Summers worked as a power distribution engineer, a retail business owner, a real estate broker, and taught management and entrepreneurship for eighteen years at West Texas A&M University. He has received several teaching awards and served as a faculty advisor for several student organizations.
He has published articles in several academic journals including the Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Entrepreneurship Education, Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship, Review of Management Innovation and Creativity, and others. He also published a book titled, The Formation of Entrepreneurial Intentions, and has presented his research numerous conferences; winning four Best Paper awards and a Distinguished Research Award. His primary research interests are startup businesses and the impact they have on economic development.
Dr. Summers is an entrepreneur having started a wholesale-retail merchandising business, a real estate business, and has served as a management consultant. As a consultant, he has provided management education for several firms including Anderson Merchandisers, Bell Helicopter, Unocal, Corporate Systems, and Affiliated Foods.
He has been a primary designer and driver of the Master of Science in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship (MSEDE) degree program. The one of-a-kind program is based on the reality that economies are built by starting new businesses, growing existing businesses, and attracting new businesses. Traditional economic development is about attracting new business and helping existing businesses grow. Entrepreneurship is about new firm birth and growth. The program integrates traditional economic development and entrepreneurship into a comprehensive model of overall economic development. The program is ideal for aspiring entrepreneurs, those who work with entrepreneurs and small businesses, and those involved in traditional economic development.
Dr. Summers has been heavily involved in the Texas Economic Development Council, Rural Innovators, and the UHV Small Business Development Center. While in Amarillo, Dr. Summers served on the board of directors of the Better Bureau of the Texas Panhandle and served as chairman of the Better Business Bureau Education Foundation. Currently, he serves on the Education Committee for the Texas Economic Development Council.