President Eric Barron named chair of national economic prosperity commission
Penn State University President Eric Barron has been named chairman of the Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity (CICEP) for the Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU).
APLU is an advocacy organization “dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.”
“APLU is looking forward to Eric Barron’s leadership of CICEP. His work at Penn State has positioned him well to guide the commission into its second decade of defining and influencing university economic engagement,” said Jim Woodell, APLU vice president for Economic Development and Community Engagement in a release.
“President Barron’s vision for entrepreneurship at Penn State — including the creation of innovation hubs statewide through the Invent Penn State initiative, and advancing student entrepreneurship — will surely help to shape CICEP’s direction, and will foster development of new strategies and practices for university partnerships for economic development and student career success.”
With Barron’s leadership, Penn State has “facilitated 400-plus industry research contracts and had $2 million invested in emerging Penn State technologies” and the university’s 50 community partnerships have aided in around $900,000 to support 48 startups and more than 1,000 entrepreneurs.
“My goal as chair of this APLU commission will be to challenge all institutions to use the resources available to them to bring discoveries to the marketplace. To create a culture of entrepreneurship where our students can make their visions a reality. To promote economic development through start up programs, needed expert advice, space on campus, and competitive grants that will create a comprehensive and integrative environment for entrepreneurial activity to flourish,” said Eric Barron in the same release.