The Doherty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership cultivates entrepreneurial leaders among Elon students and positions its alumni for success in the pursuit of exceptional economic and social progress on a global scale.
The core pedagogy of the Doherty Center focuses on training students to think entrepreneurially. Integration into the local business community, engaged learning, and personal growth and development are cornerstones of this program.
The Doherty Center was established by an endowment gift from Ed and Joan Doherty, entrepreneurs from Saddle River, N.J.
The Dohertys are the parents of Kerry Doherty, a 2007 Elon graduate, and they have served on the university's Parents' Council. Ed currently serves as an Elon Trustee.
Their company, Doherty Enterprises, Inc., is one of the nation's leading franchise operators of quality family restaurants, including Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Panera Bread and Chevy's Fresh Mex.