Faculty & Staff Directory

Michael Sherrod

Instructor III
Director, Innovative Teachers Guild
William M. Dickey Entrepreneur in Residence
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Department


Michael Sherrod is currently the William M. Dickey Entrepreneur in Residence at TCU’s Neeley School of Business. He began his career by starting a magazine publishing company right out of grad school. Over a few years he added 7 additional media properties to the original magazine. He transitioned from the print world into the online world in 1985 when he helped manage Star-Text, a video-text news service at the Star-Telegram, owned at the time by CapCities/ABC. In his career Michael has founded or co-founded 18 companies, including Black Dove Media, DigitalCity.com, AOL Local, Examiner.com and the AddLibra Corporation. Additionally, he has served in senior management roles and started new companies inside CapCities/ABC, AMR Information Services, AOL, Ancestry.com, and The Anschutz Companies. In 2010, he served as the first Publisher of The Texas Tribune (www.texastribune.org), a non-profit, non-partisan media site covering Texas government, politics, and public policy and was a founding board member.

Michael is the immediate past Chair of the Board of the Urban Library Council, Past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Kinsey Institute, the world’s leading research institute for sex, gender and reproduction, and a former board member of the Craigslist Foundation. He also serves as board member, advisor and investor to a number of online organizations in Texas and around the world. Michael is an author and frequent speaker on online, cultural, business issues and how they will impact the near and mid-term future.

Sherrod holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, where he studied in the interdisciplinary Great Books Program, an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia and an EMBA from The Neeley School of Business at TCU.


  • MBA, Texas Christian University
  • MA, The University of Missouri at Columbia
  • BA, The University of Notre Dame

Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Community Entrepreneurship

Selected Publications

  • "The Marketing of Suburban Community Newspapers" 1976
  • "How to Advertise & Promote Your Small Business" 1984
  • AOL Community Terms of Service 2003
  • "Bad Baby Names; the worst true names parents saddled their kids with - and you can too!" 2008

Honors and Awards

  • TCU EMBA Team Award: Team with highest collective GPA