Kansas State University has promoted Rebecca Robinson to lead K-State Innovation Partners where she replaces Kent Glasscock, who is retiring.

Rebecca Robinson is the new president and chief executive of K-State Innovation Partners, the commercialisation arm of Kansas State University, taking over from Kent Glasscock. Glasscock announced his retirement last week after more than two decades with the university. Robinson has been with K-State Innovation Partners for 14 years. She initially joined as a marketing intern in 2008 before becoming marketing communications manager a year later. She was named director of economic development in 2010 and became chief corporate engagement and economic development officer in 2019. She said: “I am truly honoured to serve as the next president and CEO of K-State Innovation Partners. Like many of my colleagues, I’ve had the privilege of being part of the organisation since I was an intern and have seen first-hand the incredible talent, dedication, and passion of our team that has built a strong foundation of success. “As we enter this next chapter, I look forward to working with the team and our partners to lead the organisation to new heights.” Glasscock said: “Rebecca is exactly the talented, visionary and exciting leader who will make Innovation Partners even more effective in progressing Kansas State University mission as it defines itself as a next-generation land-grant university. “Her skills and professionalism, along with her knowledge of the university, community and state, will allow Rebecca and her team to be instrumental as K-State serves the state and its people. At her core, she is a passionate innovator with a love for K-State and its mission.”

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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).