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IEP 2017 Connections Award Winner
Projects & Initiatives
Sheila A. Martin, Ph.D.
Sarah Bartlome
Associate, Economic Development & Community Engagement (ODECE) & Center for Public University Transformation (CPUT)

IEP Executive Committee

Much like the IEP designation process itself, APLU embraces a continuous improvement model for the IEP program. We seek to better know, measure, tell, and grow the impact of IEP, and we seek to do it alongside IEP designees. The IEP Growth and Improvement Committee was established to help APLU realize the full potential of the IEP Universities program and maximize its impact on higher education institutions and the communities they serve. Engaged and active IEP Campus Contacts who have led the IEP process on behalf of their institution work with the IEP Program Director to refine and enhance the IEP Universities program. 

IEP Executive Committee members:

  • Deborah Cours, Asst. VP Academic Undergraduate Programs, California State University—Northridge
  • Dorothy Air, Emeritus Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurial Affairs and Technology Commercialization at the University of Cincinnati 
  • Cody Behles, Associate Director, Research Development and Innovation, Division of Research and Innovation, University of Memphis 
  • Jim Martin, Associate Vice President of Corporate Engagement and Economic Development, Mississippi State University
  • Joaquín Ruiz, Vice President of Global Environmental Futures, University of Arizona 
  • Rebecca Robinson, Chief Corporate Engagement & Economic Development Officer, Kansas State University
  • Sharon Paynter, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Economic and Community Engagement and Associate Professor of Political Science, East Carolina University
  • Sheila Martin, Vice President, Economic Development and Community Engagement
  • Abigail Robbins, Senior Associate, Governmental Affairs
  • Sarah Bartlome, Associate, Economic Development, Community Engagement, CPUT

Featured Project & Initiative

Economic Development & Engagement
A set of core ideas to help universities focus efforts not only on telling their economic engagement story well, but also growing, improving, and advancing their economic engagement enterprise and thereby accelerating economic development in their regions, nationally, and globally.

Featured Project & Initiative

Courtesy of North Carolina State University
Economic Development & Engagement
Education for employment upon graduation is important, but a four-year degree should also put graduates in a better position to adapt as employment requirements change throughout their careers.