Director of Technology Transfer,
Commercialization and Research Communications,
Dr. Almesha L. Campbell currently serves as the Director for Technology Transfer and Commercialization, and the newly established Center for Innovation at Jackson State University (JSU). She manages the intellectual property process from triage of invention disclosures to commercialization. She provides strategic direction and vision for defining partnerships in commercialization and innovation initiatives between JSU and other institutions, funding agencies, and industry stakeholders. Dr. Campbell is the Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation funded JSU Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site designed to train teams of faculty and students how to commercialize their ideas using the lean start up methodology.
Dr. Campbell serves on the Jackson Local Business Development Interest Group, the Senior Planning Group of The Entrepreneur Center at Mississippi Development Authority, the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Economic Development Advisory Group, and the Mississippi Energy Research Advisory Council. Her involvement in these and other activities demonstrates a strong passion for advancing innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development.
Dr. Campbell received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida, the master’s degree in Mass Communications, and the doctor of philosophy degree in Public Policy and Administration from Jackson State University. She holds membership in professional organizations such as the Licensing Executives Society (LES), the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), and the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA).