Benchmarking Chair Elect (2 of 2)
Organization: Michigan State University
- Title: Assistant Vice President for Innovation & Economic Development
- Membership Years: >5 years
- Committees Served On: Benchmarking
- Board Experience: None
- Mid-Winters Attended: 2
Charley earned his PhD in Immunology and did post-doctoral training in X-ray Crystallography. As an Ass't Professor at UTSW Med Ctr in Dallas, he established a laboratory studying immune-related protein structures. He was recruited to Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals (later Pfizer, Inc) and after a series of expanding management positions, joined the Executive Management team with direction over all aspects of drug discovery at the Ann Arbor site. In his time at MSU, Charley has launched the Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute, Business-CONNECT, and Spartan Innovations. Charley now leads the MSU Innovation Center in its mission to create commercial R&D relationships, and launch new ventures based on the intellectual capacity of MSU.
In my role at MSU, I am frequently asked "How are we doing in Corporate Relations, compared to our peers?" I seek your support as a co-chair of the Benchmarking Committee because, I think NACRO should be the organization that enables me to answer this question, and the Benchmarking Committee is the place to make this happen. By comparison - AUTM long-ago became the go-to organization for data on the best practice of Tech Transfer. NACRO has played a key role in educating and connecting the individuals who practice corporate relations. I aspire to help NACRO take the next steps toward representing not just the individuals - but also the Organizations that participate in corporate relations; providing those organizations with the best practices data, professional development, and advocacy that they need to be successful at the interface between corporations and higher education.
Significant NACRO Contribution
Launched the Gold Standards committee under Benchmarking, and undertook a pilot survey on financial and non-financial metrics.