Mike Dozier, executive director of the Office of Community and Economic Development at Fresno State, was elected 2014-15 president of the University Economic Development Association (UEDA) on Oct. 1 at its National Summit in Santa Fe, NM.
Dozier, who has been at Fresno State since 2009, had served for two years as UEDA’s vice president.
The University Economic Development Association was established in 1976 and is the cornerstone membership organization representing higher education, private sector and community economic development stakeholders. UEDA works to expand economic opportunity in our communities by leveraging research, community resources, campus planning, talent development, and technology commercialization.
UEDA’s mission is to serve its members by enhancing members’ abilities to deliver economic development benefits through engagement with higher education.
UEDA’s 2014 Summit focused on “Higher Education as a Catalyst for Economic Development: Innovation + Inspiration + Impact.” Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro participated in panel discussion with four university presidents about the evolving role and experiences for higher education in local, regional and national economic development and community transformation.
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Office of Community and Economic Development: www.csufresno.edu/oced/
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University Economic Development Association (UEDA) convenes 2014 national summit; elects new board members
SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO – October 6, 2014 – More than 230 delegates convened in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the University Economic Development Association’s (UEDA) 2014 Annual Summit. The three-day Summit, under the theme “Higher Education as a Catalyst for Economic Development: Innovation + Inspiration + Impact,” featured top speakers from across North America. “There has never been a more important time for this delegation to convene than now,” said Mike Dozier, UEDA’s 2014-15 President, and Executive Director of the Office of Community & Economic Development at California State University, Fresno.
“The UEDA Summit is an annual catalyst for new ideas, economic development collaboration, and conversations linking higher education and economic development,” Dozier added. “Our institutions of higher education are more than merely talent factories. They are the drivers of their modern regional economies through research, tech transfer, commercialization, business incubation, and community development.”
Dozier was elected UEDA’s vice president in 2012, during the Annual Summit in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Each year, the Association elects new board members to serve terms of two years.
Individuals newly appointed to the board include:
- Camilla Bustamante, Interim Dean, School of Trades, Technology, Sustainability and Professional Studies, and the School of Business and Education, Santa Fe Community College
- Kenny Flowers, Director, Community and Regional Development, East Carolina University
- Maureen Klovers, President & CEO, Lyon Park Associates
- Ashish Vaidya, Special Advisor to the President for Regional Economic Development, California State University, Los Angeles
Individuals re-elected to the board for a second term include:
- Christina Brown, Vice President Business Development Government and Education, Apollidon Learning
- Gene Merrell, Chief Technology Transfer Officer, University of Idaho
The UEDA Membership also elected Lindsay Emery, Executive Director of the CEDI Society, as its new vice president.
UEDA is the cornerstone membership organization representing higher education, private sector and community economic development stakeholders. The annual gathering brought together senior university officials, federal agencies, private sector firms and economic development intermediaries to take part in discussions on the future role and impact universities have on our nation’s competitiveness and economic development.
Highlighting the 2014 Annual Summit was a keynote address by William Fulton, Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University. Fulton kicked off the Summit framing the discussion of the conference to be that of developing economic development opportunities organically, rather than creating strategies of business attraction. Other sessions included topics of crowdfunding to commercialize innovations, university’s role in public-private partnerships, creating strategies for university collaboration and engagement. The Summit’s marquee programming included the Awards of Excellence finalist presentations, featuring leading higher education economic development initiatives from across North America. The category winners were announced (http://universityeda.org/2014-awards-of-excellence-winners-selected/) at the Awards of Excellence banquet on Tuesday evening.
“Our nation’s universities impact the three key pillars for modern economic growth, research, education and community outreach,” said UEDA Executive Director and President of Fourth Economy Consulting, Rich Overmoyer. “UEDA members must continue to be at the center of the national discussion on our nation’s economic competitiveness, ” Overmoyer added.
The 2015 UEDA Annual Summit will be held in Anchorage, Alaska, Sept. 27-30, 2015.
Established in 1976, the University Economic Development Association (UEDA) is the cornerstone membership organization representing higher education, private sector and community economic development stakeholders. UEDA works to expand economic opportunity in our communities by leveraging research, community resources, campus planning, talent development, and technology commercialization. UEDA’s mission is to serve its members by enhancing members’ abilities to deliver economic development benefits through engagement with higher education. www.universityeda.org