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Jensen named associate director of Innovation Center 

June 3, 2013

Anna Jensen has been selected as the new associate director of Ohio University’s small business incubator, the Innovation Center. She joins the center after serving for five years as a business consultant and operational assistance provider with TechGROWTH Ohio and the Center for Entrepreneurship at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

In that role, Jensen helped companies in all phases of their business life cycle, from startup to succession planning. Through her work with the Ohio University’s MBA program, she guided students through the consulting process to make lasting impacts on businesses throughout Southeast Ohio.

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Anna Jensen (provided photo)

“Anna’s previous experience in grant administration, facilities management and business practices complements the talent at the Innovation Center and will benefit us as we continue to grow,” said Jennifer Simon, director of the Innovation Center.

Prior to joining Ohio University, Jensen worked in corporate retail management. She has a bachelor’s degree in German and secondary education from Central College in Pella, Iowa and currently is completing a master’s degree in sports administration and facility management from Ohio University.  

Jensen is an active member of the community, serving on the board of Ohio Valley Summer Theater, as a Bobcat Club Representative and is a past president and current board member of the Ohio University Women's Club. Originally from Iowa, Anna and her husband Packy Moran have called Athens their home since 2006.

“I am happy to be joining the team at the Innovation Center and look forward to utilizing my skills to contribute to the environment of business growth at the university and throughout Southeast Ohio,” Jensen said. “I hope to expand the work already started with programs like the Innovation Engine Accelerator and Startup Weekend.”

Created in 1983, the Innovation Center was the first university-based business incubator in the state of Ohio and the 12th in the United States. The current 36,000-square-foot facility is home to high-tech and biotechnology startup companies. The Innovation Center is located at 340 W. State St. in Athens, Ohio. For general information, visit www.ohio.edu/innovation.