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Stacy Strauss named associate director of Innovation Center

From staff reports | Aug 21, 2014

Strauss Stacy Strauss has been selected as the new associate director of Ohio University's small business incubator, the Innovation Center.

Strauss will assist with facilities management, fundraising efforts, budget analysis, grant writing and other Innovation Center operations.

She joins the center from Hocking College, where she had served in a dual role as a student affairs coordinator and career services director since April 2013. Prior to that position, she was Ohio University's head soccer coach for 13 years. In addition, Strauss was the founder and director of the Bobcat Soccer Club in Athens from 2010 to 2013.

"Stacy Strauss has a strong record in fundraising, business development, management and entrepreneurship that will help advance the Innovation Center's goals of supporting and growing high-tech companies in our region," said Jennifer Simon, director of the Innovation Center.

Strauss has a bachelor's degree in history from Kenyon College and a master's degree in education from Ohio State University. Prior to her coaching years at Ohio University, Strauss worked as an assistant soccer coach at Dartmouth College and at the University of Rhode Island.

"I am thrilled to return to Ohio University and to this role within such an important entity," Strauss said. "The strides made by the Innovation Center under the direction of Jen Simon in recent years are incredibly impressive and have had a significant impact on the region's economy.  I'm excited to contribute to the staff's vision and to provide leadership and structure while developing relationships with internal and external partners."

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 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.

Media Contact: Andrea Gibson, (740) 597-2166, gibsona@ohio.edu.

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