James Davis, co-founder of a software development firm, has been named director of the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute in LSU’s E.J. Ourso College of Business.

Davis has been an adjunct faculty member of the E.J. Ourso College in the LSU Flores MBA Program since 2013. He also is co-founder and chief technology officer of Health Engagements, a startup software development firm specializing in health care applications, and principal technology partner at Damage List, a software venture specializing in real estate damage and work management systems.

“The ability to see opportunities and approach problems with an entrepreneurial mindset is a very valuable skill to develop in our students,” Davis said. “We are exploring multiple options to keep our curriculum relevant and our students innovative and marketable. I look forward to that challenge and working with fellow entrepreneurs, past, present and future.”

Davis earned his doctorate in information systems and decision sciences at LSU, his master’s degree in computer science at the University of South Alabama and his bachelor’s degree in mathematics at the University of Alabama.

Davis also is a former captain in the U.S. Army, lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and recipient of the Bronze Star Medal.

“I’m excited to see the development of SEI under Jim’s leadership in the coming months and years,” said E.J. Ourso College Dean Richard White. “His academic and professional experience really made him an attractive fit for this dynamic program.”

The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute recently became part of the LSU Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences.

“James has a deep appreciation for the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation in driving economic development,” said Edward Watson, chair of the department. “His technological background is appropriate given the opportunities and challenges we face today.”