Innovation Center Executive Director

Search closed: Successful entrepreneur and innovator chosen to lead new Innovation Center

Search Launch Date: July 2015

Start Date: April 1, 2016


The executive director will be responsible for standing up a new, highly anticipated center that will be a resource to all schools and colleges. The Innovation Center will serve as a point of contact for all students interested in innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition to connecting with the various resources across Vanderbilt’s campus, it will serve as a common space for students to develop and test ideas alongside their peers with mentorship from faculty, alumni, corporate partners, the Nashville entrepreneurial community and beyond. The committee will be looking for a candidate with relevant entrepreneurial or innovation experience. Experience working in an academic environment is preferred. Experience or familiarity with new venture development, university technology transfer, fundraising and engaging the business community is of high value.


  • John Geer, Vice Provost for Academic and Strategic Affairs
  • Jay Clayton, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English, Director, Curb Center
  • Jennifer Escalas, Associate Professor of Management in Marketing, Owen Graduate School of Management
  • David Owens, Professor of Management and Innovation, Director of Executive Development Institute, Owen Graduate School of Management
  • Sandy Rosenthal, Jack and Pamela Egan Professor of Chemistry, Director, Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
  • Peter Rousos, Director, Economic and New Venture Development Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization
  • Chris Rowe, Director, Division of General Engineering, Associate Professor of the Practice of Engineering Management
  • Doug Schmidt, Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Larry Zwiebel, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor in Biological Sciences


Successful entrepreneur and innovator chosen to lead new Innovation Center

Innovation Center to support campus ‘makers’; search underway for director