Paul Corson is the new executive director of UT Arlington’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Development, joining from University of Utah.

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Paul Corson has been appointed executive director of the University of Texas at Arlington (UT Arlington)’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Development (CETD).

Corson joins from the University of Utah’s PIVOT Center, where he had been since 2017, most recently acting as deputy chief innovation and economic engagement officer.

Corson’s departure from PIVOT follows that of chief innovation and economic engagement officer Keith Marmer earlier this year.

Before Utah, Corson spent nine months as chief of staff, innovation and entrepreneurship in the University of California Office of the President from 2016 to 2017.

Earlier in his career he managed the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the United States Department of Commerce and he has worked internationally in Uzbekistan, Armenia and Georgia.

CETD was formerly known as the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Innovation. It supports both faculty and students in commercialising technologies and launching startup companies, and runs entrepreneurship programmes and an annual competition.

Corson said: “Universities play a catalytic role in helping regions build four types of capital vital to ecosystem development: human, intellectual, financial and physical.

“The startups and groundbreaking technology developed by UTA’s talented students and researchers will further accelerate North Texas’ rapidly growing economy and innovative capacity. I look forward to joining this exceptional community.”

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).