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Strang Named President, CEO of CMU Research Corp.

Central Michigan University Research Corp. will continue to advance economic growth in mid-Michigan through the leadership of a new president and CEO.

CMU president and CMU-RC board chair George E. Ross announces the appointment of Erin Strang, operations director for CMU-RC, as president and CEO effective Oct. 1.

As president and CEO, she will develop opportunities for advancement of economic development in the mid-Michigan community through hands-on expertise in industry, market and feasibility analysis; product, manufacturing and supply chain development; business strategy and implementation; and investment relations and partnerships.

"Erin Strang brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the presidency of CMU-RC," said Ross. "She shares my vision to engage faculty, students and staff to help advance the educational and economic development of our region."

Prior to arriving at CMU-RC, Strang worked as the assistant director of business innovation at the Oakland University SmartZone Business INCubator. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Lake Superior State University.

"CMU-RC will collaborate with regional and statewide economic development agencies, as well as CMU, to move forward together as a team in the acceleration of entrepreneurial business ventures," said Strang. "We plan to create a positive impact on the community's economic well-being by aspiring to maximize the success of emerging companies."

Strang serves as an ambassador for the Great Lakes Entrepreneurial Quest and has participated in the National Business Incubator Association's Incubator Management Certification Program. She is a member of Vision 20/20 Economic Development and is currently participating in the Rollie Denison Leadership Institute. Her annual salary will be $85,000.

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