Wednesday, April 30, 2003
LANSING – Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced that planning is underway for the Governor’s University Summit to be held on Wednesday, September 24, at the University Club in East Lansing. The Summit, co-sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan, is designed to acknowledge and enhance the important role universities play in economic development.
“Our first-class, innovative university system is one of our state’s most valuable economic development tools,” Granholm said. “This conference is designed to make certain we fully utilize that tool as we develop an action plan for Michigan’s future entrepreneurial success.”
Dr. Irvin D. Reid, president of Wayne State University, and David Hollister, director of the Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services, will serve as co-chairpersons of the Summit. The all day, invitation only event is expected to draw 200 high-ranking Michigan university officials. The agenda will include an array of discussions on the role of the university in economic development and technology transfer.
“Michigan’s universities are the academic hub and economic engines for the state,” said Michael Boulus, executive director of the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan.“A recent study showed that for every $1 Michigan invests in higher education, it gets $26 back. Michigan’s universities look forward to working with the Governor and the MEDC to improve on this amazing return.”
The MEDC will be charged with day-to-day operations of the event.Those interested in participating or attending may contact the MEDC at (517) 373-9808 for further information.