September 14, 2021
Sean Carr has been named Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX). Carr will assume the function in January 2022 and will probably be primarily based on the Steve Ballmer Constructing, GIX’s house in Bellevue, Washington.
“GIX is an excellent instance of how the UW maximizes impression by way of partnership and educational innovation,” mentioned College of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce. “Sean’s distinctive mix of educational, strategic and administrative management expertise, coupled together with his dedication to innovation and entrepreneurship, make him the right chief to take GIX to the subsequent degree.”
“GIX exemplifies a next-generation academic mannequin selling educational innovation and worldwide collaboration,” mentioned Tsinghua College President Qiu Yong. “Tsinghua is delighted to welcome Sean’s appointment and seems to be ahead to our persevering with collaboration to construct a extra profound world affect of GIX.”
Established in 2017 by the UW, Tsinghua College and Microsoft, GIX presents two graduate applications in addition to skilled studying applications that assist business leaders reply to fast technological change, resolve advanced issues and innovate from inside.
Carr’s appointment as a full-time, devoted government chief for GIX marks a key milestone for this distinctive academic partnership. Following his arrival early subsequent 12 months, he will probably be working intently with the GIX staff, business leaders and world companions to embark upon the subsequent part of impression for GIX. It will embrace rising its progressive grasp’s applications, creating state-of-the-art government coaching applications, and fostering an setting to help the incubation of progressive concepts and corporations.
“The imaginative and prescient for GIX is and all the time has been to construct a future mannequin for greater training wherein universities, college students and corporations work collectively to push the boundaries of innovation,” mentioned Microsoft President Brad Smith. “Sean is the best particular person to steer GIX into the longer term. He believes, like I do, within the energy of project-based studying to assist college students deal with the real-world issues we face right this moment.”
“I’m humbled by the chance to be working with such an distinctive staff of employees and school, in addition to business and educational companions, constructing collectively upon GIX’s already-strong basis,” Carr mentioned. “On the identical time, I’m profoundly energized by the size, scope and world impression we are able to obtain as we allow GIX to succeed in its full potential.”
Carr presently serves as Executive Director of the Batten Institute for entrepreneurship, innovation and know-how on the College of Virginia Darden College of Enterprise, the place he has served as an administrator and school member since 2013. Previous to his educational profession, he spent almost a decade within the media business with ABC Information and CNN. Sean holds a Ph.D. in administration and an MBA from UVA Darden, a grasp’s diploma from Columbia College, in addition to a bachelor’s diploma from Northwestern College.
Shwetak Patel, the Washington Analysis Basis Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor in Pc Science & Engineering and Electrical and Pc Engineering on the UW, will proceed in his interim government director capability till Carr arrives, earlier than transitioning again to GIX’s school lead and Chief Expertise Officer.
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CONTACT: Justin Horne, Global Innovation Exchange // Jhorne1@uw.edu