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In Honor of Dr. Daryl Mitton


Daryl Mitton

Dr. Daryl Mitton

The Fowler College of Business was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Professor Emeritus Dr. Daryl Mitton at the age of 95.  Dr. Mitton served as a faculty member in the management department from 1966 to 1991.

Dr. Mitton was the driving force in establishing one of the first collegiate entrepreneurial centers in the world with SDSU’s Entrepreneurial Management Center (a.k.a., the EMC) which was first formed in 1980. In 1986, the EMC received its initial funding to become a formal campus center. In 2012, the center was re-named the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center thanks to the generous support of entrepreneur and corporate trailblazer, Leonard Lavin.

Over the years, SDSU has grown to include a specialization in entrepreneurship for business students, a cross-campus entrepreneurship minor, a music entrepreneurship program, the Lavin Entrepreneur Program, and a graduate concentration in entrepreneurship.  

Since the initial founding of these programs and the center, SDSU has been recognized as a thought leader in the field and for programming excellence by national organizations including the Price-Babson Fellows Program, the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the International Council for Small Business and the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers.  Additionally, SDSU has been nationally ranked for its outstanding entrepreneurship programs by Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes and U.S. News & World Report.

“Today, we stand on the shoulders of this giant in the field.  Dr. Mitton’s strong belief in the importance of exposing students to the world of entrepreneurship has led to a lasting legacy that continues to impact future generations of entrepreneurs” said Dr. Alex F. DeNoble, executive director of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center.  “Dr. Mitton would be proud of these accomplishments since none of this could have happened without his vision, guts and perseverance to see this dream come to fruition.  Dr. Mitton will forever be remembered for taking that first and most difficult step.”