Skip navigation

IONA College Logo | Go to Home Page

College Names Endowed Professor, Founding Program Director for the Hynes Institute

Iona College has announced the appointment of Christoph Winkler, Ph.D., as the endowed professor and founding program director for the new Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

Plans for the Hynes Institute, a visionary program for entrepreneurs and innovative thinking, were announced in March 2017 as part of a record $15 million gift to the Iona College academic enterprise from James ’69, ’01H and Anne Marie Hynes, the largest lifetime donors to Iona College. The Hynes’ gift was part of Iona’s $150 million Iona Forever campaign to advance college affordability, accelerate academic innovation, and enhance key learning and living environments.

Christoph Winkler, Ph.D. Christoph Winkler, Ph.D.
Winkler, who holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), was selected from an international field of outstanding candidates. He will join Iona later this summer to continue the launch of the new institute, creating a transformational cross-disciplinary experience for students, faculty, alumni and surrounding communities.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Winkler as our founding director for the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation,” said President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. “He is an outstanding leader in entrepreneurial education and embraces the vision of establishing an interdisciplinary curricular focus that will benefit our students in all areas of study. His extensive experience in entrepreneurial and community programming, knowledge of the entrepreneurship landscape and enthusiasm make him the right person to launch the Hynes Institute and position it as a trailblazer in entrepreneurship education.”  
Winkler comes to the position with a reputation as a gifted educator with extensive experience in developing and managing entrepreneurship programs, and strong ties to the start-up community in New York City. Most recently he served as an entrepreneurship faculty member and academic director at the Long Island University (LIU) Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Winkler also was on the faculty of Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, where he served as the associate director of the CUNY Institute for Virtual Enterprise and director for Technology, Innovation and Research at the CUNY Center for Student Entrepreneurship.  

“Iona students are excited about the Hynes Institute,” said Hannah McGowan ’20, who served as one of two student members involved in the search for a new director. “We look forward to working with Dr. Winkler to hit the ground running later this summer and fall. With his guidance, I believe the institute will become an international model for infusing entrepreneurial ideas and innovation in higher education.”

With nearly 15 years of experience in higher education, Winkler has conducted extensive research and developed courses that span a broad range of entrepreneurship topics, including leadership, business modeling, ideation, entrepreneurial awareness and mindset, pitching, technology application and social networking. He is also a thought leader in entrepreneurship education and presently serves as vice president of research at the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE).

“My teaching philosophy embraces active and collaborative learning environments,” Winkler said. “To me, it is essential that students should be given ample opportunities to explore, experience and practice entrepreneurship to the fullest extent.”

Winkler has a successful track record in the area of sponsored research, where he and his colleagues have received a series of grants by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop educational models to infuse entrepreneurship into STEM disciplines. In that capacity, he led curriculum development, implementation, and associated research and evaluation efforts.

Among his many awards, Winkler received the Baruch College Zicklin School of Business Teaching Excellence Award in 2015, the Faculty Award from IBM in 2011, the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship 2011 Impact Award, the Kingsborough Community College President’s Faculty Innovation Award in 2008, and he was part of the Virtual Enterprise team at CUNY that received the Innovative Entrepreneurship Education Course Award from USASBE in 2008.

“When Anne Marie and I pledged to endow the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, our vision was to underwrite academic advancement and transformation for current and future generations at Iona,” said Mr. Hynes. “Dr. Winkler brings the essential skill set and passion needed to launch and lead the institute. We join in welcoming him to Iona and look forward to the tremendous impact he will have on students and faculty in every discipline at the College.”

See more about Iona College’s Hynes Institute.
About Iona College: Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education, located just 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan. With a growing global network of more than 40,000 alumni, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. In addition to creating their own companies, Iona alumni attain top leadership positions in many arenas including not-for-profit and for-profit organizations including NBC, Univision, NASDAQ, NYSE, American Express, VISA, school districts across the country, law enforcement, law and the judicial system. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science and business administration, pre-professional and professional programs, Master of Arts, Master of Science and Business Administration degrees, and numerous advanced certificate programs. The College is the second-largest private sector employer in New Rochelle and provides more than 66,000 service hours in the community each year.