New office will expand external partnerships

Efforts will advance all three strategic plan imperatives

Central Michigan University's new Office of Business Engagement will serve as a "front door" to all that Central has to offer for businesses, industry and community partners.

The office aligns with CMU's newly adopted 2017 – 2022 strategic plan, Advancing Excellence, which includes imperatives to nurture student success, foster scholarly activity and strengthen partnerships in Michigan and beyond.

"The Office of Business Engagement will accelerate our efforts with external partners," President George E. Ross said. "This will ensure a high level of coordination that benefits students, faculty, staff, our partners, communities and the state.

"The office will entwine all three strategic imperatives. Through measured efforts, we will expand our partnerships. This will create more internships and jobs for students and graduates and help our partners meet their talent needs. It also will fuel research projects that leverage the talents of faculty and students, while forging high-impact, lasting partnerships," Ross said.

Rob VanDorin, associate director of career services, will serve as interim director of business engagement. His two-year appointment begins immediately, reporting to Tony Voisin, associate vice president for student affairs.

VanDorin will work with faculty, staff and leadership across campus who are involved in corporate relationship roles. Priorities include:

  • Creating partnerships that enhance student success and foster scholarly activities through internships, research and capstone projects;
  • Increasing career opportunities for CMU graduates;
  • Building and evolving a prospect list to foster new relationships; and
  • Cultivating existing partnerships to expand mutually beneficial opportunities.

Shelby Stine, coordinator of graduate recruiting, will replace VanDorin as assistant director of career services.