Dr. Steven P. Nichols, Director
The Director of the Chair, Dr. Steven P. Nichols, directs the Chair's activities and works closely with faculty from the Cockrell School of Engineering and other university academic and research organizations as well as the advisory committee to develop and support engineering entrepreneurship. Nichols also coordinates activities with faculty from other colleges at The University of Texas at Austin, other universities and the broader community.
Clint W. Murchison Sr.
In 1985, Virginia L. Murchison of Athens, Texas, announced her intention to honor her grandfather, Clint W. Murchison,Sr., by a donation to augment the present endowment of the Chair. Consequently, it has been re-designated as the Clint W. Murchison Sr. Chair of Free Enterprise. The additional endowment provides funding for a new adjunct of the Chair, the Center for Technology Development and Transfer, established in 1985 by the 69th Texas Legislature.
Director of the Chair of Free Enterprise, Dr. Steven P. Nichols, formed an Advisory Council to advise with the Director and to provide guidance concerning the Chair's activities in education, in research, and in public service. The current members are: