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James L. Hughes, MBA
Chief Enterprise and Economic Development Officer and Vice President
James L. Hughes is the director of UM Ventures, the ambitious joint research commercialization effort of the MPowering the State initiative between the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).
He was named UMB's first chief enterprise and economic development officer in July 2011, and he will continue in this role. Hughes previously served 10 years as UMB's vice president for research and development, and he manages UMB's Office of Research and Development and the University of Maryland BioPark.
Before joining UMB, Hughes worked for the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development as director of technology and international business, and as executive director of the World Trade Center Institute, a public-private partnership dedicated to expanding international trade and investment. He has an MBA from the Columbia Business School and a BA from Davidson College.