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The mission of FDU’s Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship is to teach and support entrepreneurship in the academic and business communities. Since 1989, as part of the Silberman College of Business, the Institute has been supporting entrepreneurship and innovation by offering academic and outreach programs on the local, regional and increasingly, global levels.

An outstanding entrepreneurship curriculum taught by an excellent faculty has helped make our academic program one of the finest in the nation. In addition, our expanding outreach programs enable us to help more people to succeed. Rothman programs at a glance


Timur Pakay, Executive Director

Timur Pakay is Executive Director of the Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and joins the Institute from the Paris-based International School of Timur PakayManagement at their location in New York. He has experience coordinating business programs for international students, developing strong relationships with companies ranging from start-ups to the Fortune 500 level, advising graduate students on academic and career planning, and working on a rebranding project for ISM. Timur received his BA in French from Boston College and his MA in Government and Politics from St. John’s University.  A member of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, Timur resides in Irvington, NY with his wife and son. Timur is responsible for all outreach and recognition programs such as Veterans Launching Ventures, the Family Business Forum, the CEO Innovation Lecture and other innovation programs, and the Female Entrepreneur Lecture series. In addition, Timur will oversee changes to the programs targeting high school students as the Rothman Institute seeks to deepen its relationship with future Silberman College of Business students

Susan Slavin, Programs Administrator

Sue Slavin

Susan Slavin is the Programs Administrator at the Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She comes to the Institute with a BS in Marketing from the University of Maryland. Her experience spans over 15 years in the fields of Marketing and Customer/Client Relations with a Fortune 500 company, a small family owned business and the Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance. Mostly recently she was a member of the training staff at the MCOTA where she took on the challenge of training employees in current government programs. Susan will be responsible for all aspects of program management for the outreach and recognition programs. She currently resides in Randolph with her husband and their 2 children.