President Obama names JSU business professor ‘Champion of Change’ in business

Spencer McClenty

Slightly over a month after being named Mississippi’s Small Business Person of the Year, Jackson State University professor John. D. Calhoun has now been named by U.S. President Barack Obama as one of 18 national

John D. Calhoun, CEO of Integrated Management Services, LLC

Champions of Change in business. Calhoun, who was notified of the honor on May 12, is co-founder and CEO of Integrated Management Services (IMS), a 15-year-old full-service corporation that provides engineering, emergency management, technical, program management and operations services to its clients.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized for our entrepreneurial spirit,” said Calhoun, assistant professor of Entrepreneurship in the Department of Entrepreneurship in the JSU College of Business. “Small business is the engine that keeps this economy moving. We create more jobs and more people end up working for small companies than large corporations.”

The Champions of Change program is part of the president’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, as part of this initiative, the Obama administration highlights a group of Americans, businesses or organizations who embody the presidents’ plan to “out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world”. The 18 people chosen as Champions of Change in business were selected from among the winners of each state’s 2011 Small Business Person of the Year award, of which Calhoun was the winner in the state of Mississippi.

“I think we were chosen to be Champions of Change because even in this tough economy, IMS has opened several new offices throughout the country and has hired new engineers, scientists and technical experts,” said Calhoun, who, along with his partner Rod L. Hill, founded IMS in 1996. “IMS continues to grow because the firm works very hard to bring global solutions to local problems.” 

            In 2008, for the fourth consecutive year, IMS ranked 30th on the Inner City 100 Award List for the fastest growing inner-city businesses in the United States. The firm, which currently employs 189 people in nine offices, is currently working on various public and private infrastructure projects in Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi, including a $90 million, 18-mile long Byram-Clinton Parkway corridor in Hinds County, Miss.

Calhoun and the other “champions” will be honored during an event at the White House on May 19.

23 thoughts on “President Obama names JSU business professor ‘Champion of Change’ in business

  1. Congratulations Dr. Calhoun it was well deserved. Continue the great work in our community. You and the members of your team are greatly appreciated. You allow us to continue to strive for greatness and understand that the sky is the limit.

  2. Congratulations. Well deserved.

    Thank you for your contributions to JSU, the state of Mississippi, and the nation.

    We will never forget your contributions to the people of Haiti after the devastating earthquake.

    Keep up the good work.

  3. Dear Dr. Calhoun,

    Congratulations on your outstanding work over the years as a pracademician leading to this great honor. It is very inspiring!

    Continued Success,

    Veronica Adams-Cooper, Ph.D., JSU 2001
    Associate Professor of Public Administration
    Albany State University

  4. A teacher and an entrepreneur… You are molding young minds and empowering Jackson ! Congratulations Dr.Calhoun!

  5. Congratulations John. This is a teacheable moment for our students and community to again be reinforced with the notion that knowledge is power and to quote Jamie Paolinetti “Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless”….Felix Okojie

  6. Dr. Calhoun,

    Thank you so much for your contributions towards making a better economy in Mississippi and as an educator here at Jackson State University. The students in the COB and general Jacksonians are very proud to have you a part of our team! Congratulations!

    Miss JSU

  7. This makes me proud to know you, and more especially because you are a part of the Jackson State University Tiger Family as well as IMS! Congratulations! President Obama is a brilliant man!

  8. Dr. Calhoun,

    This is wonderful and represents the very best at Jackson State University. That is, the application of knowledge. Keep up the good work and I wish you much continued success in business.

    Quinton L. Williams

  9. It’s great. Keep going for the betterment of the vulnerable populations in the global-world. Congrats

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