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Dr. Drew Starbird

Drew Starbird is the executive director of the My Own Business Institute at Santa Clara University, and professor of operations management and information systems.  Since 1987, he has served the University in many roles including as the Director of the Food & Agribusiness Institute and as the Dean of the Leavey School of Business.  

As executive director of MOBI, Dr. Starbird leads the University’s most aggressive and far-reaching online education initiative to date.  MOBI’s mission is to start businesses that create jobs around the world by providing education and training to aspiring entrepreneurs.  Every year, MOBI reaches tens of thousands of entrepreneurs in over two hundred different countries.

Drew Starbird joined the SCU faculty in 1987, teaching operations management, statistics, and complex decision-making in the University’s undergraduate, graduate and executive education programs, and receiving numerous awards for his teaching and for his scholarship.  His research interests include quality control and management, supply chain management, food safety, and policy relating to nutritional security.  Professor Starbird holds a B.S. from the University of California, Davis, an MBA from Santa Clara University, and his Ph.D. from Cornell University.