Terik Tidwell is the Director of STEM Innovation at Johnson C. Smith University. In that role, he leads the Access-to-Innovation Initiative, connecting K-12 engagement, workforce development, STEM education, and research & development, with high-growth entrepreneurship. Under his leadership, this initiative has secured high-level corporate, philanthropic and government support in excess of $3.25mm. Prior to Johnson C. Smith University, he was an Education Pioneers Fellow at DSST Public Schools in Denver, Colorado.
With more than 10 years of experience working in startups, universities, non-profits, and K-12 edu-cation, Tidwell has been recognized as an emerging thought-leader in innovation and economic development. In 2017, he was selected as a Young Leader of Americas Initiative Fellow and Global Innovation Fellow by the U.S. Department of State. He has been featured in Edsurge, Black Enterprise, and the National Center for Social Impact.
An active communitarian, Tidwell is an organizer for TechStars’ Startup Weekend in Charlotte, a member of the advisory board for West Charlotte high school, and serves on the advisory board for the city’s West End Revitalization project. Additionally, he is a member of the advisory council for the Harvard Business Review and the Greenlight Fund. Tidwell earned his bachelor’s in Finance, Marketing, and Information Technology from Monmouth University and currently resides in Char-lotte, North Carolina.