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Dr. James D. Sterling, whose teaching and research interests include applied entrepreneurship and bioengineering, has been named vice provost and founding dean of the Kummer College of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development. He will begin his role on June 1.
Sterling is a professor in the Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences at the Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont, California, which is a member of the Claremont University Consortium. Sterling serves as director of the school’s intellectual property and technology transfer committee and its Ph.D. program.
“It’s a transformational period in the history of Missouri S&T, and the arrival of Dr. Sterling makes it even more so,” says Dr. Colin Potts, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. “Jim has experience in creating startups, teaching students to become entrepreneurs, and creating new academic enterprises. It’s both an honor and a pleasure for me to welcome such a seasoned educator, researcher, innovator and leader. He brings a fresh perspective and focused vision to our leadership team, which is already achieving ambitious goals. We all have absolute confidence that Dr. Sterling will play a critical role in leading those endeavors.”