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John Glazer

Senior Executive in Residence for Strategic Development
Building 19, The Ridges

John Glazer has been with the Voinovich School since 2008. In his current capacity as Senior Executive in Residence for Strategic Development at the Voinovich School, John collaborates with senior program leaders and research faculty at the Voinovich School, across Ohio University, and with external community partners supporting program initiatives in economic development, social enterprise, impact investment, regional development, and a variety of academic research, applied programs, and community engagements. As TechGROWTH Director from 2008 to 2019, he oversaw the Ohio Third Frontier program engaged in entrepreneurial coaching, early-stage investing, technology commercialization, and venture development services for startups in SE Ohio. Formerly, after a career as a university instructor, John was the long-standing President and CEO of Little Professor Book Centers, Inc., the largest organization of independent bookstores in the U.S. He was also the founder and CEO of four other startup companies. He serves as President of New Work Enterprises and as a Director for Lift Africa Technologies, based in South Africa. John has organized a number of technology-based economic development projects in the U.S. and internationally. John holds a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from the University of Michigan. He also received his Master's degree in Philosophy from the University of Michigan, where he taught courses in the Honors College, Philosophy, English, and Anthropology departments.