University of Evansville

Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana

The Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana serves as a resource to prepare our students and Indiana's businesses for global leadership, citizenry, and success.


Jill Griffin

Dr. Jill Griffin

Executive Director, Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana
Schroeder Family Bldg. 265

Jill Griffin joined the Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana as the director of the Global Assistance Program in August 2012. She brings practical experience as a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting as well as experience in brand management and business development at Dell Computer Corporation.| Griffin’s academic training includes a PhD in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin, an MBA and MS in Industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan, a MA in economics from Indiana University, and a BA in mathematics and Russian from Trinity University. She has spent more than seven years living and working abroad in such countries as Germany, Austria, Russia, and Bulgaria. Her research on consumer behavior is published in the Journal of Marketing Research and the Journal of Consumer Psychology. In addition to directing GAP and coaching students on projects with industry partners, Griffin has taught courses in brand management, consumer behavior, marketing strategy, marketing research, microeconomics and macroeconomics. She is passionate about providing transformative educational experiences to students.

Rick Deer

Mr. Rick Deer

Director, Global Enterprise Innovation

Richard Deer has founded and operated a number of small businesses over the past 25 years, working primarily with start-up companies funded by investment banks, venture capitalists, and angel investors. Before serving the University of Evansville, he led a group of technology infrastructure companies funded by angel investors that operated across four states with six southwestern US locations.| As CEO of this company, he partnered in innovative product development with a number of international companies. He has collaborated in product design and development with partners in the US, Qatar, Czech Republic, Madagascar, India, and South Korea.

Rick has a BS degree in engineering management and an Executive MBA. His areas of specialization include engineering economy; entrepreneurship; entrepreneurial education; business development; new product/process development; venture capital finance; audio, video, and security-system design/product development; biometric triggering systems; telecommunications interface systems; computer information systems; and automotive electronics and diagnostic systems.

Dan Miller

Mr. Dan Miller

Global Executive-in-Residence

Dan Miller became the institute’s first Global Executive-in-Residence upon his retirement from the position of executive director after serving in that capacity for nearly two years. From 2000 to 2010, Miller served as the executive vice president of Kimball International and president of Kimball Furniture Group in Jasper, Indiana.|

There, he led development of the $1.2 billion NASDAQ company's Asian supply chain for furniture. He also grew market share and retained profitability during 40 percent industry revenue declines and expanded the company's hospitality furniture business to a world leader in hotel furniture. Miller has also served as executive vice president for Latin America, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with Whirlpool Corporation. There, as a member of Whirlpool's eight-person executive committee, he played a key role in refining and implementing the company's globalization strategy. Miller's career has also included roles as president and CEO of International Knife and Saw in Cincinnati, Ohio, and president and COO of Overhead Door Corporation in Dallas, Texas. Miller graduated from the University of Evansville in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. Miller previously served on the University of Evansville's Board of Visitors and Board of Trustees.

Research Director

Walayet Khan

Dr. Walayet Khan

Research Director, Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana
Schroeder Family Bldg. 144

As research director of the Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana, Dr. Walayet A. Khan works to increase awareness and research of internationally related topics across the University of Evansville campus. Dr. Khan joined the University of Evansville in 1989 as assistant professor of finance. Since joining the University, |Dr. Khan has been active and consistent in research endeavors with a strong involvement in the international area. He has published papers coauthored with colleagues globally from countries such as Australia, Singapore, Portugal, and Taiwan. Dr. Khan has served as a consultant to various national organizations, including the Philadelphia Stock exchange (the largest foreign currency options market), the Chicago Stock Exchange, and Kaplin Schwezer. Dr. Khan holds a PhD in finance and an MBA from the University of Arkansas. Dr. Khan has taught courses in finance, economics, and statistics including financial management, corporate financial policy, international finance, investments, derivative securities, financial markets & institutions, risk management, money and banking, business statistics, financial planning, international economics, macroeconomics, and global capital markets.


Mrs. Cynthia Kelley

Mrs. Cynthia Kelley

Senior Administrative Assistant/Global Enterprise
Schroeder Family Bldg. 260