Michelle Bolas has been appointed chief innovation officer, while also becoming executive director of Innovate Carolina.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) has elected to hire Michelle Bolas as its new chief innovation officer and name her executive director of innovation hub Innovate Carolina.

Bolas had served as interim leader for innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development at the university since April 2021, having joined the institution ten years earlier.

In her new role, Bolas will oversee UNC’s tech transfer, venture creation and startup activities. She will also be in charge of economic development efforts and partnerships regionally and nationwide.

Kevin Guskiewicz, chancellor at UNC, said: “Innovation remains an important element of the University’s strategic plan, Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good, and is one of the primary ways that Carolina serves our state, our nation and the world.

“I am delighted that Michelle is at the helm of those efforts. While we are…

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Thierry Heles

Thierry Heles is the editor of Global University Venturing, host of the Beyond the Breakthrough interview podcast and responsible for the monthly GUV Gazette (sign up here for free).