Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Dan Ripke, UEDA President

The Center for Economic Development
California State University, Chico

Dan Ripke is director of the Center for Economic Development at CSU, Chico and has been with the center since 1989. He has expanded the center’s service region from twelve counties to twenty-seven counties, a region which encompasses over 30 percent of the state. The Center for Economic Development provides technical assistance to communities throughout California, hosts regional events, and publishes the Annual County Profile Series, a set of 23 county reports (each 150+ pages) summarizing economic and demographic trends.

His office also hosted the first Economic Gardening Conference in 1999 in Chico, California. In 2003, the CED became the lead Small Business Development Center, overseeing six of the centers at local community colleges, through a grant from the Small Business Administration (SBA). At this time the organization became known as the Northeastern California Small Business Development Center (NECSBDC), serving 23 California counties.

Dan is a regular speaker on topics related to entrepreneurship, economic gardening, regional economic development, as well as the affects of economic and demographic trends on communities, their economies, and their businesses. Dan is regularly quoted in publications including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Sacramento Bee, to name a few.


Meridith Jaeger, UEDA President-Elect

Dean, Corporate Training and Economic Development
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Meridith Jaeger is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Family Business Forum (Forum) at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. In her role, she is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of the Forum. The Wisconsin Family Business Forum is committed to fostering healthy family businesses through learning, sharing and problem solving. It is a partnership of business owners, family members, non-family employees, business professionals and academics. Meridith is an advisory board member and co-founder of AeroInnovate. In addition, she serves as the chairwoman of the Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Aviation Development Committee, is the Lt. Governor’s designee to the Aerospace States Association, and is actively working to develop the Wisconsin Aerospace Partners. She is a member of both the UEDA Awards of Excellence and UEDA Annual Summit planning committees. In 2014, Meridith was the presenter when AeroInnovate was awarded the University Economic Development Association (UEDA) Awards of Excellence at the UEDA Annual Summit in the category of Leadership and Collaboration. Meridith earned her Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) in Corporate/Organizational Communication from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Her graduate work had a strong emphasis on the role of higher education in economic development and her research included “The Impact of Faculty Perceptions on Participation in University-Industry Outreach.” Meridith has over 20 years of experience in the areas of education, business, community and economic development. She is committed to building collaborative partnerships across education, business and community.

Kenny Flowers, UEDA Vice President

Assistant Secretary for Rural Economic Development
NC Department of Commerce

Kenny Flowers is the Assistant Secretary for Rural Economic Development at the North Carolina Department of Commerce. In that role he provides guidance for the Department in its efforts to support rural communities and help foster rural prosperity. Mr. Flowers leads a team of community and economic development professionals that help communities make the preparations and infrastructure investments needed to attract business and industry, and spur economic growth.

Prior to his employment with NC Commerce, Flowers was the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Community and Regional Development at East Carolina University’s Office of Innovation and Economic Development. In that role he provided leadership and direction for the University’s community and regional outreach and engagement programs. Mr. Flowers developed and implemented the ECU Municipal Management and Innovation initiative that delivered administrative, management and project assistance to small, limited capacity municipalities; the ECU Community Enhancement and Capacity Building program that provided financial resources and economic development products and services to distressed and rural communities; and the ECU Rural Community Consortium, that engaged faculty, staff and students in partnership with statewide organizations and rural community leaders.  Under his leadership ECU Community and Regional Development programs secured funding in excess of $30 Million for rural development in eastern North Carolina, established more than 70 formal partnerships with local governments and nonprofit organizations, and completed over 50 community development projects with regional partners.

Mr. Flowers currently serves as Vice President of the University Economic Development Association’s (UEDA) national Board of Directors, and Chairman of the UEDA Membership and Marketing Committee. He is a member of the NC Sea Grant Advisory Board, the UNC General Administration’s Economic Transformation Council, and the ECU Rural Community Consortium’s Leadership Council.

Mr. Flowers previously served as Director of Rural Development at the North Carolina Department of Commerce, and as Fiscal Analyst to the Appropriations Subcommittee for Education at the North Carolina General Assembly.

Mr. Flowers received his Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and his bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Rebecca Robinson, UEDA Treasurer

Director of Economic Development
Kansas State University

Rebecca is the Director of Economic Development at the Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization, where she leads the organization’s partnership with Knowledge-Based Economic Development, LLC in Manhattan, KS. Ms. Robinson focuses on recruiting or expanding businesses to the region that have a research-based relationship with Kansas State University. In partnership with the community and university, she has facilitated the recruitment of 16 technology-based companies to the Manhattan, Kansas region, creating over 388 new high-wage jobs and a projected economic impact of over $82.2 million. In addition, Ms. Robinson has stimulated University multidisciplinary research and industry collaboration through coordination of over 25 strategic faculty events, attended by over 900 faculty, staff, university administrators, and industry representatives. These events have led to over $1 million in new research awards and collaborations. She consults with emerging companies to provide strategy and business plan development and has facilitated over $350,000 in corporate sponsored research and $12.6 million in investment capital raised. Ms. Robinson has garnered international recognition for her economic development efforts at Kansas State University, including invited presentations at national conferences of the University-Industry Interaction Network (UIIN), the APLU Council on Innovation, Competitiveness & Economic Prosperity (CICEP), Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) and as a multi-year UEDA Award of Excellence finalist. She has participated in numerous University and Community committees and boards, including the KSU Office of Corporate Engagement Working Group, Flint Hills Economic Development District Governing Board, KSU Career Center Employer Advisory Board, the North Campus Corridor Master Planning Task Force and the K-State 2025 Research Themes Committee. Prior to joining the Institute for Commercialization, she worked in marketing, sales, and corporate retail planning. Ms. Robinson earned her master’s degree in Business Administration and her bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Spanish, and Leadership Studies, both from Kansas State University.

Michael H. Ebinger, UEDA Secretary

Director, WSU University Center for Innovation

Michael Ebinger is currently the Director of the WSU University Center for Innovation, which is funded for a second time by a 5-year grant from the US Economic Development Administration. His efforts and interests include commercializing technical research and evaluating the economic feasibility of new ideas and products through marketing research, business strategies, and operations. In addition, Ebinger currently teaches courses in the WSU Online MBA program.
Ebinger graduated from the University of Arizona in 1980 (BA with Honors, Anthropology) and 1984 (MS, Soils, Water, and Engineering); from Purdue University in 1988 (Ph. D. in Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy); and from Washington State University in 2010 (MBA). He joined the research staff at Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1988 and served as staff scientist until 2003. He became Ecosystems Team Lead in 2003 then interim Group Leader and Deputy Division Leader at different times for the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division through 2005. In 2005 he was named Group Leader of the Atmosphere, Climate, and Ecosystems Dynamics Group, a position he held until 2008 when he moved into program development efforts. He left the Laboratory officially in 2013.

As an R&D scientist at Los Alamos National Lab, Ebinger helped to develop a novel spectroscopic analysis of soil elements (carbon, metals, and radionuclides) that employed laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy and assisted in climate change measurements. The soil methodology was granted a US patent in 2010 (US 7,692,789); a derivative of this technology is at work on Mars aboard NASA’s Curiosity Rover. He leveraged his climate change research into pivotal policy development that was part of the foundation for greenhouse gas verification efforts during the Bush and Obama administrations. This information also formed the initial stages of key national security interests in climate change verification in denied-access territories.

Ebinger remains an active classical musician as a student of viola and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. As an academic, he is developing course material for Professional Science Masters programs on the Spokane and Pullman campuses.

Janice Kleinwort, UEDA Past-President

Executive Director of Economic Affairs
Arizona State University

As Executive Director of Economic Affairs at Arizona State University, Janice is responsible for connecting companies and economic development organizations into the ASU innovation ecosystem. She leads the economic development team which provides organizations a pathway to access the university and its students, faculty and research opportunities. Janice also actively recruits local, national and global companies to join SkySong the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center furthering ASU’s economic development mission. In addition she manages the ASU Education Innovation Network economic development efforts. In this role, she facilitates connections between companies and other education stakeholders with the goal of creating a robust education innovation cluster for Greater Phoenix.

Previously Janice was Director of Employer Relations at Thunderbird School of Global Management. In that role she managed 50+ company relationships, both within the US and Europe, primarily in the healthcare, banking, manufacturing and transportation sectors. Her duties involved connecting the companies with Thunderbird student talent, overseeing multiple company events and organizing study trips to various cities. Before moving back to the US in March 2002, Janice spent eight years living and working in Hamburg, Germany. At the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences she advised international management students and taught classes on communication and intercultural interaction. Previously she was Division Manager for Gima mbH, an international trade show organizer, working in sales and organization of shows in Russia and the CIS. Before moving to Germany she was Executive Director for a non-profit organization in St. Louis, Missouri.

Janice holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from Bradley University and a Masters in Nonprofit Studies from Arizona State University. She also speaks fluent German.



Dr. J. Douglas Barrett

Director, Institute for Innovation and Economic Development
University of North Alabama

Dr. Barrett is the Director of the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development at the University of North Alabama. He has served as a UNA faculty member since 1997, taught as Professor of Quantitative Methods since 2004, and has served as Chair of the Department of Economics and Finance since 2008. In 2017, he was named the Lagrange Eminent Scholar in Quantitative Methods Dr. Barrett received a Ph.D. in Statistics with a minor in Management Science from the University of Alabama in 1995. He is certified in Strategic Doing through Purdue University, and has a certificate in Foresight from the University of Houston. Dr. Barrett has completed several economic impact studies for clients such as the City of Florence, Huntsville Housing Authority, RegionalCare Hospital Partners, and the University of North Alabama. Dr. Barrett is a founding member, first President, and a board member of the Society of Business, Industry, and Economics. His publications have appeared in numerous academic journals, including Technometrics, IIE Transactions, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Human Relations, Journal of Business Ethics, Communications in Statistics: Stochastic Models, Journal of Sports Economics, and Public Finance Review.


Mridul Gautam, Ph.D.

Vice President for Research and Innovation, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University of Nevada, Reno

As vice president for research and innovation and professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno, Dr. Mridul Gautam articulates and implements a shared vision for research and guides the administrative division focused on developing world-class research and discovery, the careers and competitiveness of faculty, and the institution’s capacity as a high-impact research university and economic cornerstone of Nevada.

Dr. Gautam’s leadership style reflects his core values of integrity, the pursuit of excellence, fairness, respect and collaboration. The University of Nevada, Reno is increasingly connected to the region and state it serves, and Dr. Gautam has been a leader in fostering new levels of collaboration and building relationships both on and off campus. Especially notable is his leadership in the creation of an Innovation Ecosystem, anchored by the Nevada Center for Applied Research and the Innevation Center University of Nevada, Reno—Powered By Switch. The University’s Innovation Ecosystem is advancing entrepreneurialism, innovation and commercialization, and it is tangibly contributing to Nevada’s economy and the creation of knowledge- and technology-based jobs.

As an administrator and as a member of the University President’s Council, Dr. Gautam encourages the highest quality of services and infrastructure to enable faculty, students and staff to excel in their research, scholarly and artistic endeavors, and to do so in a safe, healthy and ethical environment. He demonstrates an ability to develop an effective and appropriately scaled infrastructure to meet the needs of a University that is experiencing growth in the size and quality of its student enrollment and research productivity. He believes in hiring the right people, setting them up for success, fostering accountability, encouraging process improvement and then getting out of the way.

Dr. Gautam is an internationally recognized researcher and expert in the area of heavy-duty mobile source exhaust emissions, aerosol sampling, and particulate matter measurement, characterization, and control. Prior to joining the University in 2013, he served as associate vice president for research at West Virginia University (WVU) as well as the vice president for the WVU Research Corporation. Dr. Gautam serves on several national and state advisory committees including the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Council on Research and its Research Task Force on Laboratory Safety, as well as the National Academies’ Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable.


G. Jason Jolley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Rural Economic Development
Ohio University

G. Jason Jolley, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Rural Economic Development and MPA Director at the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University. At Ohio University, he also serves as a Research Fellow in the Center for Entrepreneurship and directs Ohio University’s portion of the US Economic Development Administration University Center (joint with Bowling Green State University). His applied research portfolio includes serving as principal investigator on a subcontract with the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth to support a Regional Innovation Cluster (RIC) project with the U.S. Small Business Administration. He also leads the Voinovich Schools™ portion of the Ohio Economic Development Institute, an Ohio Economic Development Association initiative, in partnership with JobsOhio and Ohio University’s™ Voinovich School, to provide state-level certification to Ohio economic development practitioners.

Dr. Jolley previously worked at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as Senior Research Director for the Center for Competitive Economies, an applied economic development research center in the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Kenan-Flagler Business School. At UNC, he led the Center’s research activities in economic development incentive policy evaluation and development, strategic planning, impact analysis, and industry cluster characterization to address issues of economic competitiveness.

Dr. Jolley’s research focuses on economic development, entrepreneurship, and tax policy. He has authored/coauthored over 25 scholarly articles and 50 monographs/professional reports. His research has been published or is forthcoming in Journal of Economic Development in Higher Education; Economic Development Quarterly; Business Strategy and the Environment; Review of Policy Research; Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy; State and Local Government Review; Journal of Public Affairs Education; Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, & Financial Management; Municipal Finance Journal; and Economic Development Journal, among other scholarly outlets. Dr. Jolley writes a semi-regular column, “Practical Views from the Ivory Tower” for State Tax Notes, a professional tax publication. He received a Ph.D. in public administration from North Carolina State University, where he specialized in economic development and research methods, an M.A. in political science from the University of Tennessee and an A.B. in economics from UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Jolley current serves as President of the Mid-Continent Regional Science Association and on the editorial boards of Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy and Coastal Business Journal.

Ed Morrison

Director, Purdue Agile Strategy Lab
Purdue University

Ed is the Director of the Purdue Agile Strategy Lab. Recently launched at Purdue, the is pioneering the development and deployment of new approaches to strategy that are specifically designed for open networks and collaboration. The Lab works to deploy these new disciplines across Purdue’s three missions of learning, discovery and engagement. The Lab is currently working with multiple universities to transfer these frameworks and disciplines to these campuses.

Since 2005, Ed has been incubating these new, network-based models at Purdue. These approaches emphasize the strategic value of focused collaboration and innovation in today’s global economy. He developed Strategic Doing that is now widely used across the U.S. and is now gaining attention internationally. Initially housed in the Purdue Center for Regional Development, Ed and his colleagues Scott Hutcheson and Peggy Hosea spun out the new Agile Strategy Lab to support the growth of this unique strategy discipline.

Prior to coming to Purdue, Ed directed the Center for Regional Economic Issues at Case Western Reserve University for two years. Prior to that, he was an independent consultant focused in regional economic development. Working with the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, he developed the private sector’s strategy for the transformation of Oklahoma City, and he helped guide the launch of the Charleston Digital Corridor. He was also principal author of the 1998 Commission on the Future of the South report.

Prior to starting this work in regional economic development, Ed worked for Telesis, a corporate strategy consulting firm. In this position, He has served on consulting teams for clients such as Ford Motor Company, Volvo and General Electric. He conducted manufacturing cost studies in the U.S., Japan, Mexico, Canada, Italy, Sweden and France. He started my professional career in Washington, D.C., serving as a legislative assistant to an Ohio Congressman, staff attorney in the Federal Trade Commission and staff counsel in the U.S. Senate. Ed received a B.A. degree cum laude with honors in African Studies from Yale University and M.B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Virginia.


Dave Norris

Chief Research and Innovation Officer
Louisiana Tech University

Dr. Norris is the Chief Research and Innovation Officer at Louisiana Tech University. He leads the university’s Research, Innovation, and Economic Development missions. He oversees the University’s Research Enterprise, Corporate Partnerships, technology transfer, the Enterprise Campus Research Park, and he directs the University’s network of business and entrepreneurial development services. He works in all aspects of the University’s technology commercialization, business development, and community partnership activities. He has served on several statewide boards including the Louisiana Business Incubator Association, the LONI Economic Development Advisory Board, and the Louisiana Occupational Forecasting Conference. He is currently the President of the Board of the Greater Ouachita Coalition for AIDS Resources and Education and serves on the board of the Living Well Healthcare Foundation. He was the Independent Economist for the State of Louisiana from 2002 to 2005 charged with evaluating all of the state’s economic development programs and incentives. Dr. Norris was previously on the Economics faculty at Northeastern University in Boston (2000-2002) and served in the Office of the Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1998-2000). He received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana Tech University and his master’s and Ph.D in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.


Beth Phillips

Economic Development Programs Manager
University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services

As the leader of CIS’s economic development programs, Beth Phillips works to connect businesses, communities, and organizations to the resources of the university and its partners. With over thirty years’ experience in economic and community development in Tennessee, Beth has engaged in projects across the state to attract new jobs and investment, support existing businesses, and enhance community economic competitiveness.

She specializes in helping regions leverage their unique assets to grow jobs and investment. From helping a rural county grow tourist spending to accelerating technology growth within an industrial cluster, she is passionate about helping communities realize their vision by developing effective partnerships and strategies.

Beth is proud to have led the development of the Tennessee Certified Economic Developer program, the state’s professional training program for economic development practitioners, and a model for state-based economic development training across the country. The program has trained over 500 participants, and 45 economic development practitioners in Tennessee have earned their professional certification.

A longtime resident of Knoxville, Beth holds an undergraduate degree in marketing and transportation from the University of Georgia and an MBA from the University of Tennessee.

Julia Potter

Director, Strategic Partnerships & Special Initiatives, Office of the President
California State University, Northridge

Julia Potter is the Director for Strategic Partnerships and Special Initiatives in the Office of the President at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Her responsibilities include a wide-range of external affairs activities including establishing university-wide partnerships with businesses and industries for contracted applied research and customized workforce development programs, developing relationships for grants and sponsored programs, and fostering regional economic and community development initiatives. She also serves as the point-of-contact for CSUN’s Elevate Campaign, a business development strategy conceived by campus leadership when state funding was significantly reduced. A priority in her work is serving as the community liaison for LACI@CSUN, the on-campus business incubator, formed by the University’s partnership with the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI). She also serves as the campus Guide for the CSU5, an alliance of the five California State Universities in Los Angeles County. Together, the CSU5 campuses are working to develop new areas of collective expertise that relate to the priorities shaping the future of Greater Los Angeles.

Julia has worked for CSUN for over ten years in various roles. Prior to her current role, she served the University as Director of External Relations for the Tseng College of Extended Learning, the entrepreneurial self-support college at CSUN. She was also the Tseng College’s accreditation lead and served on the University’s re-accreditation committee, a three-year appointment.

Before launching her career at CSUN, Julia worked in the private sector doing business development and stockholder relations for a privately held company as well as in the non-profit sector as a fundraiser.


John Provo

Director, Office of Economic Development
Virginia Tech

John Provo is Director of Virginia Tech’s Office of Economic Development (OED). In that role he provides leadership for the university in the design and implementation of its economic development mission. A “pracademic” with more than 15 years of economic development experience in higher education and government, he leads a team that builds partnerships linking resources from the university, community, and industry. They also deliver applied research projects to address economic development needs across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Recent work by OED has included economic analysis for Virginia Tech’s winning bid for one of six-FAA test centers for unmanned aerial systems, developing economic development strategies for coal-dependent communities in Southwest Virginia based on transferable skills of laid-off coal miners, and training faculty and student entrepreneurs in commercialization as a part of the Virginia Tech team leading an NSF I-Corp regional node. Also as part of OED, Provo directs Virginia Tech’s long-standing US EDA-funded university center, which leads economic development projects for rural regions in Southwest and Southern Virginia. He further led university-wide teams securing Virginia Tech’s designation by the Association of Public and Land University as an “Innovation and Economic Prosperity University,” and winning a bid to host the University Economic Development Association (UEDA) 2016 Annual Summit. Provo currently serves as chair of the American Planning Association Economic Development Division, as well as chair of Virginia’s University-Based Economic Development Officers. In addition to UEDA he remains active in other professional associations including the International Economic Development Council and the Virginia Economic Development Association. He presents regularly before scholarly and academic groups, speaking and publishing on a variety of topics, most recently including a chapter on “Reshoring and the Manufacturing Moment” in the Handbook of Manufacturing Industries in the World Economy, published last year by Edwin Elgar. He also teaches an economic development studio course in Virginia Tech’s Urban Affairs and Planning program, which has just launched a study on the potential emergence of innovation districts in several regions of Virginia. Provo received his Ph.D. from the School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. He received a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1999 and a bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary in 1989. While in Richmond, Virginia he worked for Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade on implementation of revisions to the state’s workforce development system.


Susan Sciame-Gieseke

Indiana University Kokomo

Sciame-Giesecke is the seventh Chancellor of Indiana University Kokomo, after contributing to many areas across the campus for 37 years. As chancellor, she is taking bold steps, working with sister regional campuses to advocate for the importance of higher education as a benefit to everyone, improving retention and graduation rates in those regions, and leading regional partnerships in education, business and economic growth, and research. Chancellor Sciame-Giesecke has led successful initiatives to enhance degree programs, student success and graduation initiatives, athletics and other student life programs, and she has worked to deepen and broaden community and K-12 connections throughout the 14-county service region. Under her leadership, with strong support from IU Kokomo’s faculty and staff, numerous new degree programs have been launched including a Bachelor of Applied Science program in conjunction with other IU regional campuses, and a degree in hospitality and tourism. Capital projects Chancellor Sciame-Giesecke has overseen include the current $14 million renovation of the Main Building, transforming it into a 21st century learning space. She’s also led construction of a new advising center, a new outdoor courtyard, the Cole Family Fitness and Wellness Center, and the Cougar Gym. Chancellor Sciame-Giesecke also facilitated discussions for the development of a regional economic development organization, which include six counties in the campus service region. She led efforts to create a funding formula, organizational structure, and bylaws for the new organization. Prior to her permanent appointment as chancellor, she served she served as the interim chancellor from 2012 to 2014 and the executive vice chancellor of academic affairs from 2010 to 2012. Chancellor Sciame-Giesecke holds a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University, a master’s degree from Illinois State University and a doctoral degree from Indiana University. In addition to her campus administrative roles, she also directed the Indiana University Enhancing Minority Attainment Conference and the Indiana University Faculty Leadership Institute, each for several years.

Dr. Ashish Vaidya

Northern Kentucky University

Dr. Ashish Vaidya has served as Northern Kentucky University’s sixth president since July 1, 2018, after being named on Nov. 9, 2017. As NKU’s president, Vaidya is responsible for championing the university’s mission and core values, charting an adventurous course and communicating the strategic priorities clearly with internal and external stakeholders. He works closely with the chair and members of the Board of Regents to achieve those priorities and strengthen the university and the community. Vaidya fosters a collegial and collaborative culture that capitalizes on the richness of the NKU community and furthers its commitment to access and inclusive excellence.

Vaidya most recently served a two-year term as interim president of St. Cloud (Minn.) State University, which is similar to NKU in size, scope and complexity. As interim president, he served as the campus CEO and oversaw all operations and the university’s strategic direction. He also managed SCSU’s $210 million operating budget.

Prior to his tenure as interim president at St. Cloud, he served as the university’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. Before SCSU, Vaidya served at two different campuses in the California State University system, where his last appointed role was special advisor to the president for regional economic development at Cal State Los Angeles. From 2010-2014, he served as Cal State L.A.’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. Prior to his tenure there, he was dean of faculty at Cal State Channel Islands, where he helped to build a new institution from the ground up.

Vaidya has published numerous books and articles, including serving as an editor of “Operationalizing Stewards of Place: Implementing Regional Engagement and Economic Development Strategies,” a 2015 publication of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.  His extensive community work includes service on the boards of the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation, the Initiative Foundation, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, Partner for Student Success and the University Economic Development Association, among others. He is a member of the AASCU’s Committee on Workforce and Economic Development and from 2014-16, he served as chair of the AASCU Research Engagement and Research Council.

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