Notre Dame Taps Ford For Business Development Efforts

Posted: Updated:
(photo courtesy University of Notre Dame) (photo courtesy University of Notre Dame)
SOUTH BEND -

The University of Notre Dame has appointed Scott Ford associate vice president of new business development. Ford, who currently serves as executive vice president of Bradley Co. in South Bend, will be responsible for coordinating the university's economic development efforts.

Notre Dame says the goal of Ford's position is to combine the efforts of the Notre Dame Research, the IDEA Center, University Relations and the Office of Public Affairs and Communications to create a positive effect on the university and the South Bend-Elkhart region. Ford succeeds Jack Curran, the first person to sere in the position.

"Jack brought a broad set of skills in strategic planning and business development, as well as extensive experience in identifying and creating business opportunities that foster growth," said John Affleck-Graves, executive vice president of Notre Dame. "Scott will build on the progress that Jack made. Scott brings a deep understanding and knowledge of Notre Dame and our greater community. His experience in the public and private sectors will be vital to Notre Dame’s continuing efforts to spur regional growth."

Ford is also the former executive director of community investment for the city of South Bend. During his tenure, the university says, Ford implemented a strategic restructuring of the city's approach to economic development, which led to nearly 2,600 new jobs and $440 million in new private investment.

"The University of Notre Dame is a dynamic engine for our economy," Ford said. "And yet there exists further untapped potential to connect the talent, ideas and resources on campus with those in the community to expand economic opportunities and improve the quality of life across the region. I am grateful for this tremendous opportunity to join the University in its ongoing efforts and leadership in the region."

  • Perspectives

    • Can You Fulfill Your Quest?

      All of us have dragons to slay. At work or at home, in personal or professional relationships, each of us is on a Quest to find the treasure or save the prince/princess. Or perhaps, our goal is more prosaic: getting that promotion, standing up to that bully, or finishing that big project. In his book The Seven Basic Plots, Christopher Booker lists seven story forms which story tellers employ over and over. Each is plot is linked to a fundamental metaphysical Question that we...

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • High Schools Launch Manufacturing Businesses

      Two student-run manufacturing businesses have launched in southern Indiana. The companies, Eagle Manufacturing at Brown County High School in Nashville and Lion Manufacturing at Loogootee High School in Martin County, are designed to give students hands-on, real world experience. The businesses were funded with grants from Bloomington-based nonprofit Regional Opportunity Initiatives Inc. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, ROI Chief Executive Officer...

    • Buttigieg Launches Presidential Exploratory Committee

      South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has announced he has launched a presidential exploratory committee. The Democrat, who is in his eighth and final year as mayor, served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve and ran in 2017 for Democratic National Committee chair. Buttigieg was elected mayor in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. In December, he announced he would not seek a third term. At the time, he would not comment on a possible presidential bid, but said he would continue working...
    • Hoosier Companies Among 'Most Admired'

      Two Indiana companies are included in Fortune's 2019 list of the "World's Most Admired Companies." The list was determined by a survey of nearly 4,000 executives, directors and analysts who rated companies in their own industries based on criteria such as investment value, quality of management and ability to attract talent.

    • Talent Incubator to Open in Anderson

      Muncie-based Ontario Systems will Wednesday open a new tech training center at Anderson University. The incubator, that will be known as "The Cube," will provide students with real-life, hands-on software engineering projects.

    • Hill Reaches $120M Settlement

       Attorney General Curtis Hill has announced a $120 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson and DePuy to resolve allegations that DePuy unlawfully promoted its metal-on-metal hip implant devices, the ASR XL and the Pinnacle Ultamet. Under the settlement, Indiana will receive $3.5 million.