If you follow our work at ASU, you know that "innovation" is one of our core activities. Although research is often what first comes to mind, the reality is that we are a comprehensive knowledge enterprise committed to innovation on all fronts: teaching and learning; student success; community service; operations; and yes, discovery. Our institutional goal is to embody innovation in all we do, so we are efficient, effective and driving positive outcomes.
One of the newest examples of these efforts is the establishment of ASU Enterprise Partners, a re-conceptualized assemblage of ASU-affiliated entities designed to help our university to advance its teaching and learning mission in more nimble, responsive and creative ways.
Bringing together the strengths of the private, non-profit fundraising, real estate, technology transfer, research and private partnership arms of the university, ASU Enterprise Partners will work together as separate but aligned entities to help ASU achieve its strategic priorities. This restructured model, which is one of the first of its kind in the nation at a university, was developed during a year-long process in which foundation, private sector, legal, nonprofit and academic leaders offered guidance.
I expect this pioneering configuration to enable ASU to build on its track record of innovation, quality and performance, while meeting Arizona's growing demand for a well-educated workforce, by facilitating greater vision, agility and support.