Mitzi Montoya hired as a dean at Arizona State University
The Arizona Republic
June 22, 2010
A new executive dean of dollar signs, so to speak, has been hired by Arizona State University to help the innovative professors and students at the Polytechnic campus in southeast Mesa cook up hot ideas and turn them into cool cash.
Mitzi Montoya, assistant dean of research and Zelnak Professor of Marketing Innovation at North Carolina State University's College of Management, has been appointed executive dean of the ASU College of Technology and Innovation effective July 1.
Montoya, 41, has a bachelor's degree in general engineering and a doctorate in business administration, both from Michigan State University. Her work at North Carolina State University included serving as executive director of the Services and Product Innovation Management Initiative.
It's Montoya's product-innovation work that will be particularly prized at ASU as the university must develop new sources of income in the face of a budget crisis that has cut revenue from the state.
n recent years, money earned from grants and from products developed by university researchers has helped pick up the slack left by state cuts in expenditures. In 2009, ASU set a record for grants received: more than $300 million.
Universities rake off about 40 percent of all grant money to finance new laboratories, pay researcher salaries and even pay the power bills.