Art Sherwood

David Cole Professor of Entrepreneurship/Director, IDEA Institute


Art Sherwood holds the David Cole Professor of Entrepreneurship chair at Western Washington University in Bellingham and is the Director of WWU's IDEA Institute where he teaches and leads the university's entrepreneurship and innovation programming. His current research focusses on inclusive entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems and how people can cooperate to address our world's challenges and seize opportunities, especially as it relates to universities.  Art is an experienced entrepreneur having founded multiple business including his most recent,, a global education and learning company building on his 25+ years of experience. Additionally, he serves as Chief Development Officer for (an innovation company based in Bangkok), a board member of Koonsoor Kampuchea (a Cambodian Training Academy),  a member-owner of CDS Consulting Co-op and has deep engagement with the local food movement in the US.  His expertise includes facilitation, coaching, strategy, evidence-based entrepreneurship and innovation and leadership development.