Chris Allison

Professional Title

Entrepreneur In Residence






B.A., Allegheny College, 1983; Doctor of Public Service, honoris causa, Clarion University, 2012

Chris Allison serves as entrepreneur In residence in the Department of Economics and as co-director of the Center for Business and Economics. Since joining the Department of Economics, he has developed and currently oversees cocurricular programs, including The Lunchtime Learning Series, the Gator Social Venture Challenge, the Department of Economics Road Map, Center of Business and Economics Strategic Plan Development and student job-search counseling. He also serves as an instructor for the Access Allegheny program. Allison was one of the founders and for nine years served as the chairman and chief executive officer of Tollgrade Communications, Inc. He spent a total of 16 years at the company until his retirement in 2005. He has served on Allegheny’s Board of Trustees since 2009.