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Sheila A. Martin, Ph.D.
Abigail Robbins

IEP Growth and Improvement 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. A letter of interest to join the IEP Executive Committee is due Monday, August 23, 2021 at COB PT. 

IEP Growth and Improvement Committee members:

  • Deborah Cours, Asst. VP Academic Undergraduate Programs, California State University—Northridge 
  • Cody Behles, Associate Director, Research Development and Innovation, Division of Research and Innovation, University of Memphis 
  • Colleen Kerr, Vice President for External Affairs and Government Relations at Washington State University, Washington State University 
  • Jim Martin, Associate Vice President of Corporate Engagement and Economic Development, Mississippi State University 
  • 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

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.