Millikin's Dr. J. Mark Munoz Named a Finalist for Male Entrepreneurial Leader of the Year

The Triple E Awards will take place in Barcelona, Spain, on June 26-29.

Mark Munoz

UPDATE: Voting is now open for the ACEEU Awards. You can vote for Dr. Munoz HERE.  


DECATUR, Ill. – Millikin University Business Professor Dr. J. Mark Munoz has been named a finalist for the 2023 Male Entrepreneurial Leader of the Year (Education Champion) Award by the Triple E Awards hosted by the Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial & Engaged Universities (ACEEU). 

The Male Entrepreneurial Leader of the Year (Education Champion) Award recognizes a man who has demonstrated an outstanding leadership performance in the development of an institution’s entrepreneurial profile. Candidates are evaluated on their entrepreneurial competencies and leadership, impact and support of minorities and young leaders.

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“When I heard that I was a finalist, I was elated. I knew that the Triple E Award was very selective and highly competitive,” Mark said. “I felt honored to be ranked among the top entrepreneurial leaders and educators. Regardless of the outcome, I am thrilled to be recognized for my work and for the opportunity to promote the Millikin name and brand on the global stage.”

Mark is a prolific author, publishing more than 25 books across disparate topics, with his three book projects that supported minority entrepreneurship – “Hispanic Latino Entrepreneurship,” “African American Entrepreneurs” and “Native American Entrepreneurs” – standing out in his mind. 

“I am most proud of those three book projects. They were challenging to do and there were limited references on these topics. It required hundreds of interviews nationwide and countless hours of research and writing,” Mark said. “Yet, the journey was quite fulfilling. Through the book projects, I learned and became inspired by the courage, passion, savvy and grit demonstrated by minority entrepreneurs. There are so many valuable, memorable and real-life lessons from these books that one would not find in a typical entrepreneurship textbook or an entrepreneurship class. I hope the stories and shared insights from these books will educate and inspire young leaders and entrepreneurs worldwide for many years.”

Mark Munoz
Millikin's Dr. J. Mark Munoz is a finalist for 2023 Male Entrepreneurial Leader of the Year (Education Champion).

Munoz recently authored two books – “The AI Leader” (with Al Naqvi)  and “Digital Entrepreneurship and the Global Economy” -- and his subsequent works will focus on disruptive technologies in international business, technology entrepreneurship and digital leadership. 

The Triple E Awards event will take place in Barcelona, Spain, on June 26-29, 2023. The awards are organized into four regions worldwide (Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific), with the finalists coming together in a global celebration of leadership. 

“The Triple E Awards stands for Entrepreneurship and Engagement Excellence Awards in Higher Education, and for the first time this year, it will be a global awards celebration,” Mark said. “This grand event presents an excellent venue to honor top-performing educators and academic institutions worldwide. In addition, this celebration presents opportunities to learn about the best practices in other institutions, develop professional relationships, and explore areas of collaboration.”


Comprised of world-leading experts, the Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial & Engaged Universities (ACEEU) has designed the world's first accreditation for entrepreneurship and engagement at the institutional level, enabling universities to be recognized for their entrepreneurship and engagement excellence.