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Nancy Grden Appointed First Director of Strome Entrepreneurial Center

Friday, November 21, 2014  
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Nancy L. Grden, general manager for Genomind and a long-time entrepreneur, has been hired as the first executive director for Old Dominion University’s Strome Entrepreneurial Center, beginning in January.

Grden, a strong supporter of ODU and its efforts to create a campus-wide entrepreneurial culture, previously served as chair of the Executive Advisory Council for Old Dominion's Strome College of Business, and was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the ODU Educational Foundation.

She brings significant experience in leading growth and development of new and emerging organizations across several business sectors and government, with an emphasis on health care and human services.

"Nancy brings to ODU considerable business acumen and experience as a successful entrepreneur," Provost Carol Simpson said. "She is already a wonderful mentor and role model to our students. We are thrilled that she has agreed to assume this new role and look forward to exciting times ahead for the Strome Entrepreneurial Center."

Grden was instrumental in the formation and launch of Genomind, a personalized medicine biotech company for neuropsychiatry, and responsible for its development, commercialization and strategy. She is also founder and president of Avenir LLC, which specializes in entrepreneurship and innovation.

"It is an honor to be selected as the first executive director of the new Strome Entrepreneurial Center," said Grden. "I am excited and look forward to working with ODU as we establish and grow the center to achieve the vision of Mark and Tammy Strome."

Backed by an $11-million gift from the Strome Family Foundation, ODU's Strome Entrepreneurial Center opened in September. It features an innovative program that will empower ODU students from any academic discipline to create economic and social value in Hampton Roads and beyond.

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