November 2, 2015 at 4:30pm

Nurturing an Entrepreneurial Culture

Millikin University's Institute for Science Entrepreneurship, a signature program of Millikin's Center for Entrepreneurship, will continue its 2015-16 Speaker Series on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, with keynote speaker, President and CEO of First Busey Corporation, Van A. Dukeman.

The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Lower Richards Treat University Center on Millikin's campus; the event is free and open to the public. Van Dukeman's presentation is entitled "Nurturing an Entrepreneurial Culture."

First Busey Corporation is a Champaign, Illinois-based financial holding company for Busey Bank, Busey Wealth Management, Firstech, Inc., a retail payment processing company, and Trevett Capital Partners, a wealth management division of Busey Bank serving high net worth clients in southwest Florida. Van Dukeman also serves as the Chairman of the board for both Busey Bank and Busey Wealth Management. First Busey has approximately $3.9 billion in total banking assets and manages approximately $5.1 billion for other investors through its wealth management subsidiaries. Prior to joining Busey, Dukeman worked for a regional banking organization in Houston, Texas.

Van Dukeman earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA in finance from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and has taught in the CFA Review program at the University of Illinois. A devoted community advocate, Dukeman is a past Chairman of Carle Foundation, past Chairman of the United Way of Champaign County, and recently served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Millikin University. He is also a past member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) and has been a member of the Dean's Business Council of the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Currently, Dukeman is a member of the CFA Society of Chicago, CFA Institute, and the Economic Club of Chicago. He also serves on a state-wide banking committee, a position appointed by the Governor and approved by the Senate.    

Millikin's Science Entrepreneurship Speaker Series, brought to you by Busey, focuses on science entrepreneurship and how an increased emphasis on entrepreneurship can spark job creation and societal well-being. Throughout the academic year, executives from science ventures discuss particular aspects of their business. In addition, business leaders discuss broader topics of interest.

Future dates and speakers are as follows:

• Thursday, Dec. 3: Speaker: Tony Caccomo, National Foodworks Services LLC

• Thursday, Feb. 4: Speaker: Jim Schultz, Director of Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

• Thursday, Feb. 25: Speaker: Pete Paulin, CEO, 300 Below Inc.

The Institute for Science Entrepreneurship was originally funded by a Millikin University Performance Learning Enhancement Grant in December 2012. Since that time, the institute has received or been pledged funding from 300 Below Inc., Andreas Foundation through the Community Foundation of Macon County, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Brechnitz Group of Raymond James, Busey, Caterpillar Decatur, Coleman Foundation, Decatur Memorial Hospital, Millikin University, Parke Warehouses, St. Mary's Hospital, Tate & Lyle, Wild Bird Feeding Industry, Zevacor Molecular, a private foundation, and anonymous donors to develop the 2015-16 Speaker Series and other institute programming.

The Institute for Science Entrepreneurship connects Millikin University, its students, and the greater community to opportunities for personal, professional and organizational advancement through science entrepreneurship. The institute was founded by Dr. David Horn, professor of biology, Dr. George Bennett, professor of chemistry, and Dr. Casey Watson, associate professor of physics.

Busey is the title sponsor of Millikin University's Institute for Science Entrepreneurship 2015-16 Speaker Series. First Busey Corporation (Nasdaq: BUSE) is a $3.9 billion financial holding company headquartered in Champaign, Ill. Busey Bank, First Busey Corporation's wholly-owned bank subsidiary, is also headquartered in Champaign, Ill., and has 28 banking centers serving Illinois, a banking center in Indianapolis, Ind., and seven banking centers serving southwest Florida. For more information, visit

For more information on the speaker series or the Millikin Institute for Science Entrepreneurship, call 217.424.6392 or visit