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Associate Vice President for Research - Tech Transfer & Innovation Partnerships Ann Arbor, MI

The University of Michigan has selected Dr. Kelly Sexton to serve as the next Associate Vice President for Research – Tech Transfer and Innovation Partnerships (AVPR), effective January 2018.

Dr. Sexton comes to the University of Michigan after more than a decade at North Carolina State University (NCSU), where she currently serves as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Technology Commercialization and New Ventures. Under her leadership, NCSU’s technology licensing and commercialization impact has been among the fastest expanding in the country, ranking 26 among 200 research institutions in the Milken Institute’s 2017 report “Concept to Commercialization: The Best Universities for Technology Transfer.” Sexton has spearheaded the creation of generative alliances with external partners across the NCSU ecosystem and the Research Triangle. She helped build the infrastructure and business processes of NCSU’s licensing function and created a New Ventures program which has tripled the number of startup companies launched from NCSU in the last five years. In collaboration with senior leaders and key stakeholders across the NCSU community, she launched the Wolfpack Investor Network, NCSU’s first alumni angel investment group, subsequently attracting 70 members in its first year extant. Dr. Sexton also serves as the lead Principal Investigator on NCSU’s NSF I-Corps award in collaboration with its Poole College of Management.

A Georgia native, Dr. Sexton received her B.S. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Georgia and her Ph.D. in Molecular Pathology from Stanford University. Following her post-doctoral fellowship, she worked in Stanford’s Licensing and Contracts office under Kathy Ku, before moving on to NCSU. She is co-chair of the Research Triangle Park chapter of the Licensing Executives Society and has been an active, national thought leader in technology licensing issues through her leadership in the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).

Kate Barry led this search with Vijay Saraswat.


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