Archive for June, 2015

Norman Gray was appointed the new Carlton Highsmith Chair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Quinnipiac University. He was photographed at the school's Mount Carmel campus Wednesday June 17, 2015. (Photograph by Caroline E. Couig/Quinnipiac University)


Norman Gray, a senior biomedical scientist with 30 years of executive management experience across a wide range of health care disciplines, has been named the Carlton Highsmith Chair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “The appointment of Norman Gray to the Carlton Highsmith Chair illuminates the strength of our academic program while bringing a highly successful entrepreneur to Quinnipiac,” said Matthew O’Connor, dean of the School of Business. “Norm will provide strong, vibrant and visionary leadership in his new role.”  

Gray holds eight U.S. and international medical device patents. In 1984, Gray founded and launched Gammahealth. Under Gray’s leadership, the company evolved from an incubator medical research and development organization to a multinational group of companies encompassing product development, manufacturing, distribution and sales worldwide. Gammahealth was eventually acquired in 2008.

”Professor Gray has successfully guided companies in all phases of development, including planning, startup, acquisition and international expansion,” said Carlton Highsmith, vice chairman of the Quinnipiac University Board of Trustees, who established the chair in 2012 with a $1 million gift. “Practical experience coupled with superb academic credentials from Penn State and MIT makes Dr. Gray uniquely qualified to hold this chair.”

In addition to teaching undergraduate entrepreneurship and engineering students at Quinnipiac, Gray will be responsible for the university’s Innovation Center and partnership with the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT) located in New Haven.

“The ConnCAT Entrepreneurial Academy is designed to help an entire generation of inner-city youth gain an appreciation for entrepreneurship and free enterprise,” according to Erik Clemons, ConnCAT’s executive director. “Students will learn what it takes to build a business from that first idea to the birth of a successful company,” Clemons said. “Quinnipiac University students will serve as mentors, sharing their knowledge of finance, management, marketing and advertising while also serving as role models for our students.”

Gray earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering from MIT. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Penn State.



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PrintThe Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has awarded a 2014-2015 Superior Merit Award designation to the Quinnipiac University SHRM@QU student chapter for providing exceptional growth and development opportunities to its student chapter members.

SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 professional and 20,000 student members in over 160 countries, the association serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession.

“SHRM is pleased to announce our 2014-2015 Student Chapter Merit Award winners. These chapters, led by an inspiring and dedicated group of student volunteers and chapter advisors, truly represent the future of the HR profession,” said Susan Post, Divisional Director, East, and the lead for SHRM’s Student Programs. “Their achievements, which go above and beyond their everyday academic and work commitments, is commendable, and we applaud the positive impact their efforts have on their schools, the local community and beyond. The future of HR shines bright knowing these students are among those leading the way.”

Chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle, which ran from April 1, 2014, to March 31, 2015.

The SHRM student chapter merit award program, which began in 1972, exists to encourage development of more effective student chapters and to promote outstanding activities and projects by student chapters in the following areas: student chapter requirements, chapter operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession and SHRM engagement.

The Quinnipiac University SHRM student chapter receives a digital logo for use in electronic or print communications and will be recognized in SHRM’s publications and at its conferences.

For more information about SHRM’s Student Chapter Merit Award program, visit http://www.shrm.org/Communities/StudentPrograms/Pages/awards.aspx.

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Mary MeixellMary Meixell has accepted the position of Interim Associate Dean of the School of Business and Engineering.  Mary will begin her appointment on July 1, 2015.

Mary earned her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Penn State, her M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia, her M.S. in Transportation from MIT, and her Ph.D. In Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University. Mary is currently Associate Professor of Management and Industrial Engineering in the School of Business and Engineering.  Prior to joining Quinnipiac, Mary was Assistant Professor in the School of Management at George Mason University and has industry experience at Lucent Technologies and General Motors Corporation.  Mary has published extensively in a variety of areas including logistics, transportation, operations research, manufacturing technology, and management.  Mary has also been a strong contributor on campus through her work on the University Education Committee, Faculty Senate, Curriculum Review Committee, New Synthesis Task Force, Engineering Task Force and Steering Committee and several School of Business and Engineering Committeees.


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