Article courtesy of Ames Tribune Staff
May 30, 2018

David Spalding has been appointed as Iowa State University’s interim vice president for economic development and business engagement, according to a university news release.

Spalding, who currently serves as the Raisbeck Endowed Dean of the Ivy College of Business, will succeed Mike Crum, who requested a return to the Ivy College of Business, where he holds the Ruan Chair in supply chain management. Spalding will assume his new interim role July 1 — and subject to Iowa Board of Regents approval — and will also retain his role with the College of Business.

“I am pleased that (Spalding) has agreed to take on this interim role to ensure Iowa State’s economic development services, resources and partnerships remain strong as we navigate this transition,” said ISU President Wendy Wintersteen in the news release.

Crum has served in the economic development leadership role for five years, during which time he led the planning that established the office of economic development and industry relations and oversaw construction of the division’s home in the Economic Development Core Facility at the ISU Research Park.

Crum previously served as interim business dean, associate dean for research and graduate programs, and chair of what now is the department of supply chain and information systems.

″(Crum) has been exceptional at working with internal and external groups to strengthen Iowa State’s value as a driver of economic growth and development,” Wintersteen said in the news release. “We are grateful for his leadership in expanding Iowa State’s economic impact.”

Crum will continue serving in his role as chair of the ISU Research Park’s board of directors, and will continue to serve on the ISU Research Foundation Board until a permanent vice president for economic development and business engagement is named.

In the news release, Crum said his request for a change reflects his desire to return to teaching and research and a need for more time to tend to family members with health challenges.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with a truly incredible team in economic development,” Crum said in the news release. “Iowa State provides tremendous value to the state’s economy in so many ways, and this will only expand under President Wintersteen’s leadership. I am extremely excited for the future as we continue to demonstrate what a great investment Iowa State is.”

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