Eric Greenwood appointed director of Babson Center for Global Commerce

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Dean of the College Terry Papillon has announced the appointment of Eric Greenwood as director of the university’s Babson Center for Global Commerce, effective June 1. Greenwood is currently managing partner of J.E. Greenwood & Company, in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. He will succeed Chip Manning, who has directed the Babson Center for the past five years.

“I am delighted that Eric Greenwood has agreed to become the next director of the Babson Center,” said Papillon. “He brings a wealth of experience from both industry and the financial sector, and will bring valuable skills to the position as the Babson Center continues to grow. I look forward to welcoming him to the Mountain and to working with him to continue the momentum that Chip has generated.”

During the past five years under Manning’s leadership, students achieving a minor in business have grown from 5 percent of seniors to 18 percent of this year’s graduating class. ’s program offerings have increased from eight in 2011 to more than 30 now, in areas such as entrepreneurship, finance, community engagement, and job skills. 

Greenwood has served in his current role since 2008. A Registered Investment Advisor, he provides investment advisory, oversight, and implementation services related to asset allocation, estate plans, portfolio construction, and risk management. He was previously vice president, private wealth management, at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he advised and collaborated with high-net-worth families to set goals, coordinate investments and estate plans, and determine asset allocation. Prior to his 26 years at Goldman Sachs, Greenwood worked in general management in the paper industry.

Greenwood graduated from Rutgers College and earned an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. He has been involved with numerous community service organizations, and currently serves as a director of the Chestnut Hill Historical Society (Philadelphia) and the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (Richmond, Virginia). Greenwood brings to his new position a familiarity with Sewanee—his daughter, Sally Anne Greenwood, is a member of Sewanee’s class of 2015.

“I am honored to serve Sewanee and continue to expand the worthy and excellent work of the Babson Center,” said Greenwood. “The Center has grown into a significant contributor to the University's offerings and its students' education. It blends a pre-business minor with a liberal arts education to effectively prepare young people to live considered, purposeful, and constructive professional and personal lives. That is an exciting mission and one I wholeheartedly support!"

Nick Babson, founding director of the Babson Center, has agreed to serve as special assistant to the director for transition. Babson will help ensure a smooth transition of leadership for both the Center and duties related to the upcoming capital campaign.