Douglas B. Rand to Address Cogswell College 2011 Graduates

Mr. Rand will also Help Launch Innovative Entrepreneurship Degree Programs

Policy Advisor to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Douglas Rand, will deliver the keynote address at the May 14, 2011 Cogswell College Commencement Ceremony. Mr. Rand is a leading architect of the Startup America initiative and other federal policies to promote entrepreneurship. Rand's appearance will coincide with the first phase of the College's launch of its highly innovative entrepreneurship degree programs for undergraduate and community college transfer students, as well as its first Masters degree program.

As an entrepreneur himself, Rand understands the critical role that innovative and resourceful people play in driving the economy forward and creating jobs.

Startup America is a White House initiative to celebrate, inspire and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation. This coordinated public/private effort brings together an alliance of the country's most innovative entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, foundations and other leaders working in concert with a wide range of federal agencies to dramatically increase the prevalence and success of America's entrepreneurs.

The Cogswell Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program is unique in that it has been created from the ground up specifically to educate entrepreneurs and to accelerate the growth of their business, in contrast to most entrepreneurship programs that are centered in corporate-focused business schools. Initiated by entrepreneurs, the WASC accredited program focuses on hands-on and experienced based education, with even first year students immersing themselves in the launch and growth of new companies.

Cogswell fuses this innovative program with its highly regarded digital media and engineering degree programs thus promoting entrepreneurship in all areas, but with a particular focus in the dynamic and creative digital media industries. From the advent of animated film to the proliferation of serious game applications - artists and engineers, working together, continue to push the boundaries and turn "what if" into something tangible.

Doug Rand is a particularly fitting speaker for Cogswell's commencement as he is both an entrepreneur and leader in publishing and the arts. Prior to working at the White House, Douglas Rand was Co-Founder and CEO of the innovative publishing company Playscripts, Inc. as well as a Co-Founder of the live theater review aggregator StageGrade. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and the Yale School of Management. He received a master's and undergraduate degrees from Harvard where he studied evolutionary biology. Rand has also authored numerous articles covering subjects from insects to politics to theater.

Cogswell College was founded by a 19th century innovator and entrepreneur, Henry Cogswell, who in 1887 donated $1 million to found a coeducational vocational high school in San Francisco that was designed to educate students who could serve the changing needs of the industries of their day. Currently located in the heart of Silicon Valley - in Sunnyvale, California - Cogswell's graduates work throughout the digital media industries, not only in established companies but also in new entrepreneurial ventures. A significant percentage of Cogswell alumni are the CEOs of companies they founded.

May 2, 2011