UNCW Chancellor Miller Invited to White House to Discuss Innovation, Entrepreneurship in Higher Education

UNCW Chancellor Gary L. Miller

Monday, October 01, 2012

Wilmington, N.C. - UNC Wilmington Chancellor Gary L. Miller will join other national higher education leaders at the White House today following a forum hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The forum, "The Innovative and Entrepreneurial University: Higher Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Focus," includes panel discussions about student-faculty innovation, technology transfer and industry collaboration, and universities' roles in regional economic development. The forum attendees will include the chancellors and presidents of Northeastern University, Texas A&M University, Howard University, the University of Minnesota, Clemson University and N.C. State University.

"UNCW's values inspire our faculty to enhance students' 'journeys of learning' by involving them in research and outreach projects that improve the quality of life in our region," Chancellor Miller said. "We're very interested in technology transfer, and we're actively developing public-private partnerships with businesses, industries, agencies and non-profits."

Under the chancellor's leadership, UNCW formed an Innovation Council in 2011 to "vigorously seek out and develop ideas with the potential to positively impact our campus and, in some cases, Southeastern North Carolina," he said.

The university also operates programs directly charged with contributing to economic development, such as the Entrepreneurship Center. A new economic impact study conducted by faculty in the Cameron School of Business indicates UNCW is a significant catalyst for the economic engine of Southeastern North Carolina, generating more than $1 billion in annual economic activity during academic year 2011-12.

Media Contact: Andrea Weaver, Office of University Relations, 910-962-7631 or weavera@uncw.edu.