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Lawrence (Larry) Lee joined Northwest Missouri State University on Feb. 1, 2012 as director of business development and tenant relations for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the University's mixed-use business and technology incubator. As director, he will be responsible for leading recruitment efforts, tenant relations and the overall business and administrative affairs of the facility.
Lee, who has extensive experience in business and marketing, has served since 2008 as director of technology development and commercialization for the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC). In that role, he was responsible for the SBTDC's effort to produce high-growth companies, in addition to providing consulting and training to high-tech companies in the Kansas City and northwest Missouri area.
Previously, Lee was director of the enterprise development laboratory at the UMKC Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, where he created and managed the UMKC student business incubator. Lee also served as director and a business consultant for the UMKC Missouri Small Business Development Center.
Lee's new role marks a return to Northwest for him. He served as an adjunct professor at the University from 1996 to 2001. He also was director of the Northwest Missouri State University-Missouri Small Business Development Center in St. Joseph from 1994 to 1996. In 1994, Lee was the recipient of the College of Professional and Applied Studies' Dean's Award for Exemplary Service at Northwest.
Lee earned both his bachelor of science in marketing and his master of business administration degrees from Northwest.
He has served on the executive boards of several civic and service organizations in St. Joseph, including United Way of Greater St. Joseph, the Pony Express Museum, St. Joseph Junior Achievement, the St. Joseph Optimist Club and St. Joseph Kiwanis.