Cone named interim director of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan Institute

Jan. 07, 2014 @ 04:11 PM

Judith Cone, UNC-Chapel Hill’s special assistant to the chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship, has been named interim director to the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. 

The Kenan Institute encourages cooperation among privately owned businesses, higher education and government to offer more opportunities for entrepreneurs.
The director position was previously held by UNC chemistry professor Joseph M. DeSimone. DeSimone will remain on the UNC faculty but stepped down as Kenan Institute director as of Dec. 31 to help nurture a new commercialization breakthrough invention in 3D printing.
“Judith is already a senior adviser in the Kenan Institute and participated in the formulation of the strategic plan that the institute adopted,” said Jack Evans, interim dean of the Kenan-Flagler Business School, in a statement. “As a result, she is in an excellent position to provide both leadership and continuity for the Kenan Institute.”
The new dean, when selected, will lead the search for a permanent director of the Kenan Institute, according to the university announcement.
Cone arrived at Carolina in 2009. Before that, she was vice president of emerging strategies at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a private foundation focused on education and entrepreneurship. Last month, she received the Town & Gown Award from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, which recognizes someone who fosters a mutually beneficial relationship between the community and UNC-Chapel Hill.