Notre Dame Taps Ford For Business Development Efforts

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(photo courtesy University of Notre Dame) (photo courtesy University of Notre Dame)
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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."

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