Mirza Tihic is the Postdoctoral Researcher with the Department of Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises (EEE) at Whitman School of Management. Tihic serves in a dual role, based within EEE and as a member of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) Research and Analytics team. At Whitman, he contributes to the Department’s scholarly output and teaches entrepreneurship courses. Within IVMF, he plays a leading scientific role in the launch and day-to-day management of the National Survey on Military-Connected Entrepreneurs initiative, a multi-year study of military-connected (veteran and military spouse) entrepreneurs.
Between 2015 and 2019, Tihic was the Assistant Director for the Office of Vice Chancellor for Veteran and Military Affairs. He oversaw efforts and initiatives supporting veterans, military members, and members of military families on campus at Syracuse University. Tihic had served in a variety of administrative roles at Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families. Here he supported programs and initiatives directed at education and entrepreneurship for veterans, and managed program support services.
Tihic previously served as Program Director for the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship at SU’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management. There he supported the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV), inclusive entrepreneurship through Start-Up NY and many more.
Tihic is involved with several start-ups. He is co-founder of Syracuse’s North Side Learning Center, a family literacy center that helps immigrants and destitute individuals in the community. He also is part of his family’s real estate business.
Originally from Bosnia, Tihic holds a bachelor in mathematics, masters in neuroscience, MBA, and a PhD from Syracuse University.