Frank Bonsal III has been selected as Towson University’s first director of entrepreneurship, marking the advent of a larger and more integrated approach to entrepreneurship at the university.
Bonsal, who has been the interim director for TowsonGlobal, Towson’s business incubator, since June of this year, will work with faculty and staff to develop academic and co-curricular activities that embed entrepreneurial learning opportunities into the academic experience.
“I am so pleased that Frank has joined the Towson team,” said Dyan Brasington, vice president of the Division of Innovation and Applied Research, which includes oversight of entrepreneurship. “His strength and experience in new business mentoring, education and entrepreneurial networks made him an exceptional choice and match to meet our needs.”
Bonsal brings to Towson his experience as a venture partner with both New Markets Venture Partners in Fulton and Bonsal Capital, where he focuses on early-stage investments in education technology and service companies.
“I am truly excited about Frank Bonsal serving as the university’s first director of entrepreneurship,” said Nancy Grasmick, TU’s presidential scholar for innovation in teacher and leader preparation. “He brings a wealth of experience to the position and an extraordinary commitment to innovation. I can envision great leaps in creative planning and implementation of cutting-edge practices for education.”
In addition to working with early stage companies, Bonsal will oversee new initiatives and resources for students to launch their businesses and also manage the growth of TowsonGlobal and its new focus on EdTech. He began his new duties Monday, Oct. 7.