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"When I look at all the many possible organizations that I would consider worthwhile investments, Minot State University rises to the top," Severson said. "What will come of this investment in the university is a new academy aimed at promoting entrepreneurship and building better business leaders for the present and future needs of Minot and the surrounding region."

— Clint Severson

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Severson Entrepreneurship Academy

News: Severson Entrepreneurship Academy to Expand

The Severson Entrepreneurship Academy was created as a result of a milestone gift to the Minot State University College of Business on February 9, 2010.

The $1 million donation comes from Clint Severson and Conni Ahart. Severson is chairman of the board, chief executive officer and president of Abaxis, a medical devices company based in northern California. He is the 2007 Forbes Entrepreneur of the Year and a 1973 alumnus of then Minot State College.

Students from all majors can participate in the academy. With the following resources available, students will have the most authentic experience possible as they begin their own business ventures:

Contact Information


Mr. Chuck Barney 
Director, Severson Entrepreneurship Academy
College of Business
Old Main 310C

Phone: 701-858-3019
Toll Free: 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3025
Fax: 701-858-3438

B.S. Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY
M.S. Indiana University, Bloomington IN