Kennesaw State University has taken the next steps to build and expand its interdisciplinary collaborations with external partners through the recent addition of Tyler Reinagel as associate vice president for economic development in the Office of Research.

Reinagel is responsible for creating, implementing and sustaining community and industry partnership initiatives for the university and specifically, the strategic goals for research and economic development.

Reinagel, who previously served as director of planning and research for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, will develop and lead initiatives and programs in concert with industry and community members to address their unique challenges and needs. This can be in the form of entrepreneurial opportunities for KSU faculty and students, joint ventures and business development with industry partners and city/county governments, and/or community outreach efforts with nonprofit organizations, schools and other entities. KSU’s Office of Community Engagement, and its assistant director, Kimberly Henghold, will also be a part of the Office of Research under Reinagel’s leadership.

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