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U South Florida System launches new Office of Corporate Partnerships as “front door” to  industry


By David Schwartz
Published: December 19th, 2017

Corporations seeking to partner with the University of South Florida System on research, recruitment, and philanthropy have a new “front door” to USF in the form of the just-launched Office of Corporate Partnerships.

“Our Office of Corporate Partnerships will expand on USF’s strong history of partnering with leading employers in the Tampa Bay Region to modernize and advance the economy,” USF System President Judy Genshaft said. “We want to make it easier for corporate entities to work collaboratively, problem solve and build the workforce economy of Tampa Bay and beyond.”

The office will handle all of industry’s collaborative interests, from sponsored research and licensing to workforce development and executive education. Cultivating research partnerships will be one of the central activities of the new office.

“The USF System prides itself on research that produces real-world impact, while our faculty and students are powering the economy through their talent and innovation,” said Paul R. Sanberg, USF’s senior vice president of research, innovation and knowledge enterprise. “Corporate partnerships leverage the positive effects of having a productive research university in a thriving metropolitan region to create even greater economic and societal value.”

USF has been rising up the ranks of public research universities and has cracked the top 30 in research activity, while also ranking fifth among American public universities in generating new U.S. patents. The USF System set a new record of more than $475 million in new grants and contracts in 2016-17; private contracts and grants account for about 40% of that total.

The Office of Corporate Partnerships is a joint effort by the USF Office of Research & Innovation and the USF Foundation and will be led by Senior Director Michael Bloom and Director Morgan Holmes. Bloom joins USF with more than 20 years of experience in corporate engagement, project launching and public relations for executive leadership of companies, universities and economic development organizations. Most recently, he served as associate vice president of corporate engagement and commercialization at Kent State University.

Holmes brings to USF a background in economic development, public affairs, and tax consulting. She most recently directed business engagement and communications for the Central Florida Development Council.

Source: USF Research & Innovation

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