Former St Louis University executives Kenneth Olliff and Jasmin Patel will lead Boston University’s office of strategy and innovation.

Ken Olliff and Jasmin Patel

Kenneth Olliff and Jasmin Patel have left St Louis University and joined Boston University to lead the latter’s newly launched office of strategy and innovation.

Ollif has been named senior vice president of strategy and innovation and Patel will assume a vice president of strategy role. At St Louis University, Olliff was vice president for research and partnerships while Patel was the university’s associate vice president for research and chief of staff and deputy director of its research institute.

Melissa Gilliam, who was recently appointed as Boston University’s 11th president, announced the new initiative and appointments. She said the office will support the university’s faculty and community to work on large-scale projects and forge external alliances.

Olliff will seek collaborations in the strategy, growth and innovation areas for the university, reporting to Gilliam’s office. “Ken brings an important combination of experiences for advancing the university’s strategic vision across academics, research and external and global engagement,” Gilliam said.

Patel, on the other hand, will help Olliff identify growth and innovation opportunities. “She brings particular expertise in creating interdisciplinary initiatives, building institutional capacity and developing external strategic partnerships,” Gilliam said.

Edison Fu

Edison Fu is a reporter and Asia liaison at Global Corporate Venturing.