Sue Lister | December 19, 2016
Bryan K. Ritchie, currently president and chief executive officer of GrowthSPORT, has been appointed vice president and associate provost for innovation at the University of Notre Dame, effective in March, Thomas G. Burish, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost, announced.
In this role, Ritchie will lead the University’s new IDEA Center initiative and coordinate the University’s innovation and entrepreneurship programs. Standing for Innovation, Discovery and Enterprise Acceleration, the IDEA Center will provide technical services and expertise for idea development, technology translation, business formation and commercialization. It is designed to bring the best Notre Dame faculty and student ideas and innovations to market. The Notre Dame Office of Technology Transfer and the staff of Innovation Park will be joined with several new initiatives to comprise the IDEA Center. Ritchie will also help to support student entrepreneurship and innovation curricular and extracurricular programs.
“Bryan is a thoughtful, experienced and successful academic and entrepreneur who has successfully directed a major university commercialization program,” Burish said. “He was the unanimous choice of the search committee as a person highly qualified to lead Notre Dame’s new innovation and commercialization effort.”
Ritchie will also direct the development of the University’s new Thomas H. and Diane G. Quinn Hall for Innovation and Change. Home to the IDEA Center, Quinn Hall will be a 40,000-square-foot, three-level facility located adjacent to the current Judd Leighton Hall at Innovation Park. It will provide space for 25 to 30 startup companies, incorporating thematically designed pods for open collaboration between teams and prospective investors from particular commercial technology sectors.