Introducing Julie Messing, IBIE's New Director


Julie Messing

Director of Isabella Bank Institute for Entrepreneurship

The College of Business Administration (CBA) has announced the hiring of Julie Messing as the Director of the Isabella Bank Institute for Entrepreneurship (IBIE) and an Entrepreneurship Department Faculty Member. Julie is an experienced entrepreneurship educator and ecosystem builder who works closely with entrepreneurs and business leaders to bring opportunities to students as well as supporting regional entrepreneurial development.

Julie spent 16 years at Kent State University where she led the development of the Kent State NEOLaunchNET program that serves students and faculty from all disciplines. She also led the efforts in a grassroots initiative to create a connected innovation ecosystem across the university, and designed, developed, and led the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation in the College of Business.

She earned a master’s degree in Management from Aquinas College and a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University. Prior to joining higher education, Julie served as a senior officer in the private sector where she led the development of new product offerings and engaged in various merger & acquisition opportunities.

“We are extremely fortunate that Julie has agreed to join the college to lead the IBIE and as a Campbell Fellow in the College of Business Administration,” stated Dean Christopher Moberg. “Julie possesses a unique combination of experience in creating entrepreneurship academic programs and in working with multiple stakeholders to develop collaborative relationships and partnerships that improve the ability of a region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem to positively impact economic development, social well-being, and entrepreneurship education.”

As director, Julie will lead all operations of the Isabella Bank Institute for Entrepreneurship including the New Venture Competition, Make-A-Pitch Competition, Michigan Healthcare Innovation Partnership Speaker Series, and more. She replaces Bruce Marble, who successfully served as the IBIE Director from April 2016 until his retirement in February 2020.

Julie shared how excited she is to join the team at CMU stating, “As an educator and enthusiastic ambassador for entrepreneurship, I am thrilled to get back in the classroom and lead the IBIE as a valuable resource for student entrepreneurs. It is exciting to come into a successful program, yet see room to complement the stellar New Venture Competition with additional programming, resources, and connections.”