Board of Directors

UEDA’s Board of Director’s is a group of committed individuals who work at all levels of higher education, including chancellors, presidents, directors, managers and professors. Each member brings their unique perspective and experience to round out our leadership and inform the direction of the organization. Those institutions and organizations who currently allow their employees to serve on the Board comprise the UEDA Leadership Council.

Executive Committee

Meridith Jaeger

Meridith Jaeger

UEDA President

Dean, Corporate Training and Economic Development
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
920.498.6995

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.

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Julia Potter

Julia Potter

UEDA President-Elect

Director of Educational Partnerships Development & Special University Projects
California State University, Northridge
818.677.2965

Julia Potter is the Director of Educational Partnerships Development & Special University Projects at California State University, Northridge (CSUN).  Her responsibilities include a wide-range of external relations 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 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.  She is a key stakeholder in the CSUN Innovates! initiative, leading the CSUN Innovates! Interest Group (115+ members) and serving on the CSUN Innovates! Executive Steering Committee.

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John Provo

John Provo

UEDA Vice President

Director, Office of Economic Development
Virginia Tech
540.231.4004

John Provo is the director of Virginia Tech’s Office of Economic Development. Provo provides leadership for the university in the design and implementation of its economic engagement mission. A “pracademic,” he has more than 15 years of experience in higher education and government. He builds relationships between businesses, communities, and the university and leads a team that delivers applied research projects that create economic opportunities.

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Rebecca Robinson

Rebecca Robinson

UEDA Treasurer

Director of Economic Development
Kansas State University
785.532.3955

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.

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Michael H. Ebinger

Michael H. Ebinger

UEDA Secretary

Director, Washington State University Center for Innovation
Washington State University-Spokane
509-358-7897

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.

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Dan Ripke

Dan Ripke

UEDA Past President

Director, The Center for Economic Development
California State University, Chico
530.898.4598

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.

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Members-At-Large

Dr. J. Douglas Barrett

Dr. J. Douglas Barrett

Director, Institute for Innovation and Economic Development
University of North Alabama
256.765.4270

 

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.

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Rena Cotsones, Ph.D.

Rena Cotsones, Ph.D.

Associate VP, Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development
Northern Illinois University
815.753.0834

 

Bringing people together for a common good has been a lifelong passion for Dr. Rena Cotsones.

As Associate Vice President of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development for Northern Illinois University, Rena works with regional partners to create and implement collaborative approaches to advancing education, economic development, workforce development, and innovation initiatives in northern Illinois and Chicagoland.

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Margo Fliss

Margo Fliss

Manager of Strategic Engagement
University of Alaska Center for Economic Development
907.786.5419

 

Margo leads facilitation, strategic planning, and client services for CED. Previously, she served as CED’s Lead Analyst and worked in the education sector for numerous school districts and universities in California and Alaska, as well as served as a VISTA volunteer with UCLA BruinCorps.

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Mridul Gautam, Ph.D.

Mridul Gautam, Ph.D.

Vice President for Research and Innovation, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University of Nevada, Reno
775-327-2363

 

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.

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Dominique Halaby

Dominique Halaby

Director, Business Innovation Group
Georgia Southern University
912.478.2733

 

Dominique Halaby, D.P.A. is the Director of the Business Innovation Group (BIG) at Georgia Southern University. BIG includes the Center for Business Analytics and Economic Research, Center for Entrepreneurial Learning and Leadership, Small Business Development Center, Innovation Incubator and Fab Lab. In 2015, BIG was recognized as a Gold Award Winner in Entrepreneurship by the IEDC.

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G. Jason Jolley, Ph.D.

G. Jason Jolley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Rural Economic Development
Ohio University
740.593.9797

 

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).

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Sean McMillan

Sean McMillan

Director, Office of Economic Development
University of Georgia
706.340.9787

 

Sean B. McMillan is director of economic development for the Atlanta office of the University of Georgia. McMillan earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from Auburn University in 1988 and his master’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University in 2000.

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Beth Phillips

Beth Phillips

Economic Development Programs Manager
University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services
865.974.0268

 

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.

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Susan Sciame-Giesecke

Susan Sciame-Giesecke

Chancellor
Indiana University Kokomo
765.455.9221

 

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.

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Ex-Officio Members

Deborah L. Ford

Deborah L. Ford

Chancellor
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
262.595.2211

 

Dr. Ford has lead the campus community in the integration of planning with the development of a Strategic Plan, Strategic Enrollment Management Plan, Academic Plan, Master Plan, and Technology Roadmap. A strong believer in community engagement and building partnerships throughout the region, Dr. Ford is actively involved with the Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA), Racine County Economic Development Corporation (RCEDC), Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce (RAMAC), the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce, Milwaukee 7, the Racine County United Way Schools of Hope Leadership Council, and the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast (GSWISE).

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Genna M. Hurd

Genna M. Hurd

Associate Researcher, Institute for Policy & Social Research
The University of Kansas
785.864.4618

 

Genna Hurd is an Associate Researcher for the Institute for Policy & Social Research (IPSR) at the University of Kansas and Co-Investigator for the KU University Center, KU Entrepreneurship Works for Kansas. The EDA-funded University Center is a partnership effort between IPSR and the KU Center for Entrepreneurship in the School of Business.

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Brian Richard, Ph.D

Brian Richard, Ph.D

Assistant Director, Center for Governmental Studies
Northern Illinois University
815.753.0162

 

Brian Richard is Assistant Director for Center for Governmental Studies’ Workforce Development team. At CGS, his most recent work concentrates on the evaluation of state and local workforce development and training programs. He also has extensive experience estimating the impacts of economic development projects, local retail and industrial analysis, and research into the health of regional economies.

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University Economic Development Association

PO Box 97930
Pittsburgh, PA 15227
216.200.UEDA (8332)
info@universityeda.org