LEXINGTON, Ky. University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics Dean David W. Blackwell today announced the appointment of Nathaniel R. Morris, founder, chairman and CEO of Rubicon Global, to the role of Gatton College of Business and Economics Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

Nate Morris’s extraordinary accomplishments as a Kentucky entrepreneur, his exemplary support of the college and of entrepreneurship in the Commonwealth, and the inspiration and guidance he has provided for the new Social Enterprise Scholars honors pathway at the University of Kentucky make him exceptionally qualified to engage as a teacher and mentor for our business and economics students, as well as with UK student, faculty and community entrepreneurs,” said Blackwell.

In his new role in the Gatton College, Morris will offer guest lectures at the college, serve as a mentor for the UK Venture Studio and for UK teams in business plan competitions, and spend several days per year at the college engaging with students, faculty and community members.

During his three-year term, he will also work with the college’s development team on fundraising for the Gatton College’s proposed Center for Social Enterprise.

In the tech world, there’s a myth that an idea must come from San Francisco or New York to be good,” Morris said in a June 30, 2016 Forbes interview in the new Gatton College building.

A social entrepreneur himself, Nate Morris founded Morris Industries with the belief that the power of business can change the world.

I’m excited to serve the Gatton College in this new capacity,” Morris said.