David Desplaces, Ph.D. and assistant professor in the School of Business at the College of Charleston, was awarded the Freedoms Foundation Leavy Award Honoring Excellence in Private Enterprise Education. The Leavy Award recognizes outstanding teachers for bringing passion and creativity to their classrooms as they teach students about entrepreneurship and the free enterprise system.
Dr. Desplaces received the award for last year’s International Service Learning (ISL) Project entitled Technology for Africa (www.technologyforafrica.com). The program was based around business students who raised money to place computers in classrooms in the country of Cameroon. Dr. Desplaces worked with students on a variety of projects in the Fall and then led a student group during spring break to Cameroon where they installed the computers, taught students and teachers how to use the computers, and held entrepreneurship seminars for hundreds of community members. can see the project at
The award comes with a $7,500 cash prize which Dr. Desplaces will use to fund future ISL projects and trips to Cameroon.
Dr. Desplaces earned his Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Rhode Island and is a Certified Global Business Professional. His research interests include regional economic development, funding new ventures, business ethics and change management. In 2009, he was recognized as a Charleston Forty Under 40.