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James K. Woodell, Ph.D.

James Woodell
James K. Woodell, Ph.D.
Vice President, Economic Development and Community Engagement


  • April 13, 2015
    Jim Woodell, Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Technology Policy, was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors as an honorary member. The Academy was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. Each year, the Academy inducts a class of fellows, now numbering 414 worldwide, representing 150 prestigious universities and governmental and non-profit research institutions. Collectively, the fellows hold nearly 14,000 issued U.S. patents. Woodell’s recognition as an honorary member comes after serving on the Academy’s selection committee.
  • December 16, 2015
  • January 7, 2015
  • September 14, 2015
  • March 24, 2017
  • July 21, 2017
  • February 6, 2018
  • April 11, 2018

James K. Woodell (Jim) is Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement at APLU. He works closely with member institutions to develop tools and resources to enhance their regional engagement and economic development efforts. He serves as the lead staff member for APLU’s Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity (CICEP), and also the Association’s Council on Engagement and Outreach (CEO), advancing APLU’s economic and community engagement agenda.

Woodell recently earned a Ph.D. in higher education at Penn State University. His scholarly interests are in the ways in which public research universities organize for their “fourth mission” of economic engagement. He examines how institutions respond to regional, state, and federal economic and research policy with initiatives in innovation, technology transfer, and economic, community, and workforce development.

Prior to joining APLU, Woodell served as Assistant Director for Transformative Regional Engagement (TRE) Networks, focused on bringing together business, government, universities, and non-profits for innovation-driven regional development. Previously, he worked in distance education, instructional media, and e-learning for nearly 20 years.  Woodell was a college teacher and administrator for ten years, including managing a large-scale distance learning program for Southern New Hampshire University. He also served as Dean of Academic Technology and Distance Learning at North Shore Community College in Massachusetts.

Woodell holds a master of education degree from Harvard University, and a BS in Public Communications (TV, Radio, and Film) from Syracuse University.