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Distinguished Alumni - Kendall Artz

2017-2018 Dr. Kendall W. Artz


Associate of Arts - Miles Community College
Bachelor of Science in Finance - Montana State University Bozeman
Master of Business Administration - Arizona State University
Doctor of Philosophy in Strategy and Entrepreneurship - Purdue University


  • Professor of Entrepreneurship, Hankamer School of Business, and Curtis Hankamer Chair in Entrepreneurship, Baylor University
  • Director, John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise at Baylor University
  • Chair of the Baylor University Department of Entrepreneurship, 2001-2017; during this time the Entrepreneurship Department was consistently ranked as one of the top five entrepreneurship programs in the country, and the Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship received the NASDAQ Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence Award as the top entrepreneurship center in the country
  • Named a fellow at the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, for outstanding leadership in developing innovative programs that significantly enhance entrepreneurial education
  • Has taught thousands of students at Baylor and previously taught at Purdue University
  • Published dozens of articles in leading entrepreneurship and strategy journals, and has made over one hundred presentations on entrepreneurship and related topics to a wide range of academic and industry groups all over the world
  • Recognized with Outstanding Teaching Awards from both Baylor and Purdue and awarded the Outstanding Researcher Award at Baylor University
  • Honored as a finalist for the National Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year Award, and was selected to become a member of the Executive Committee for the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers

Artz serves on a number of boards, including the Dallas Entrepreneurship Center, Creative Waco, the Addison (TX) Treehouse, the Baylor Angel Network, and Startup Waco. He and his family are longtime members of Highland Baptist Church, where they are actively involved in a number of service activities. This includes, most recently, developing and leading a business creation training program aimed at reducing poverty in the local community.

Born in Miles City and raised on a ranch south of Jordan, Montana, Artz is married to Colene Coldwell (also from Jordan) and has one daughter, Alona Stewart.

“MCC was perfect for me; small enough to give me the personalized attention I needed, big enough to prepare me for the opportunities I desired.”