James K. (Jim) Woodell helps to realize the economic and societal impact of higher education. He provides professional services to institutions of higher education, and to their current and prospective partners in the private, civic, and government sectors.
Jim recently served as vice president for economic development and community engagement at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), where he worked closely with member institutions to develop tools and resources to enhance their regional engagement and economic development efforts. He served as the staff director for APLU’s Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity (CICEP), and also the organization’s Council on Engagement and Outreach (CEO), advancing APLU’s economic and community engagement agenda. Jim maintained APLU’s strong presence in national issues related to the economic and social impacts of public research universities.
Spanning multiple areas of impact, Jim’s expertise includes: R&D and innovation, including technological advancement, entrepreneurship, and regional technology-based economic development; education, training, and workforce development, including strategies for design and delivery of programs; and community development and improved quality of life in regions through higher education engagement, outreach, and public service.
Woodell holds a doctorate in higher education from Penn State University, a Master of Education degree from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Science in communications (television, radio, and film) from Syracuse University.