Former Hillsborough County Economic Development Manager will begin at the University of South Florida on July 15
TAMPA, Fla. (Jul. 14, 2014) – Stephanie Ashley, former economic development manager with Hillsborough County Economic Development, will join University of South Florida Research & Innovation and the USF Research Foundation as director of innovation and incubation programs, beginning Jul. 15, 2014.
“We are delighted to welcome Stephanie Ashley to USF,” said Paul R. Sanberg, senior vice president for research and innovation. “Her background and experience will help us to move USF’s innovation programs to the next level, particularly in helping us deepen the strong relationships we already enjoy with the community.”
Ashley will be USF’s representative to the incubation industry, building and sustaining collaborations with professionals in the community to assist the development of the Tampa Bay Technology Incubator companies. In addition, she will be responsible for establishing and nurturing partnerships with departments throughout the USF System to enhance research activities of faculty, staff, and students, and promote and support best practices in business development and entrepreneurship. Ashley currently serves on USF CONNECT’s Council of Professionals and will continue to work closely with the Council in her new role.
At Hillsborough County Economic Development, Ashley managed innovation, entrepreneurship and technology initiatives within the department. Previously, she worked with the Enterprise Development Corporation of South Florida, Jacksonville Economic Development Commission and Central South Carolina Alliance. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of South Carolina.
The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving nearly 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference and a Charter Member Institution of the National Academy of Inventors. www.usf.edu
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