Vice President, Enterprise Innovation Institute Search

Chaouki T. Abdallah, executive vice president for Research has convened a search committee tasked with selecting the new vice president of the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2).

Search Chair

Devesh Ranjan, Interim Vice President for Interdisciplinary Research and Professor in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

The search will be assisted by search firm Russell Reynolds Associates.

Nominations and Applications

Inquiries and nominations are invited and should be sent confidentially to email.

Position Description

Engagement Opportunity

Our search partners from Russell Reynolds Associates will conduct stakeholder meetings for members of the EI2 community to learn about the search process and timeline, and to provide feedback on the characteristics of ideal candidates.


  • May 2021 – search commences
  • May–June 2021 – stakeholder engagement
  • June 30, 2021 – suggested date to receive applications
  • July 2021 – candidate vetting
  • August 2021 – finalist interviews
  • Fall 2021 – anticipated announcement of new vice president

Search Committee

  • Devesh Ranjan, (Committee Chair), Interim Vice President for Interdisciplinary Research, Georgia Tech
  • Yves Berthelot, Vice Provost, International Initiatives, Georgia Tech
  • Greg King, Associate Vice President, Economic Development, Georgia Tech
  • Nakia Melecio, Sr. Startup Catalyst, Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), Georgia Tech
  • Julianna Golemi, Sr. Project Manager, Enterprise Innovation Institute, Economic Development Lab, Georgia Tech
  • Blake Patton, Founder and Managing Partner, Tech Square Ventures
  • Laura Taylor, School Chair, School of Economics, Georgia Tech
  • Wendy White, Enterprise Innovation Institute, GaMEP Industry Manager, Food Safety & Quality
  • John Bacon, Founder and CEO (Retired), GrowthPilot LLC 
  •  Susan Shows, President, Georgia Research Alliance
  •  Mark Whorton, Principal Research Engineer, GTRI – Chief Technology Officer
  •  Gregory Owen, HR Director, Enterprise Innovation Institute, Georgia Tech
  •  Lori Kennington, Administrative Professional Sr., Enterprise Innovation Institute, Georgia Tech