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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Dec. 22, 2011

Larry Lee returns to Northwest as director of CIE

Larry Lee

Larry Lee

Northwest Missouri State University announces the addition of Lawrence (Larry) Lee as director of business development and tenant relations for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the University’s mixed-use business and technology incubator.

Lee, of St. Joseph, joins the University Feb. 1, 2012. As director, he will be responsible for leading recruitment efforts, tenant relations and the overall business and administrative affairs of the facility. 

“We are pleased to welcome Larry and know his entrepreneurial expertise, breadth of relationships, knowledge of incubator needs and overall approach focused on the academic enterprise and client management will benefit Northwest and those that we serve,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “We look forward to a continuing bright future as we address academic needs, economic development issues and serving entrepreneurs through the CIE.”

Said Lee, “I am excited to return to Northwest Missouri State University. Northwest has a world-class, state-of-the-art facility and incubation program that may be the best kept secret in the Midwest. In a strategic manner, I plan to share that secret and tell the story of how the CIE helps meet the academic mission of Northwest. That mission provides students with real-world opportunities, provides collaborative research opportunities for faculty, tenants and students, and provides an environment to promote regional economic growth by nurturing young companies.”

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.

The CIE is a mixed-use incubator with emphasis on technology-based, start-up companies. It also provides assistance to existing small businesses and encourages development of new small businesses. The 46,679 square-foot facility includes three lab analysis research areas, a shared scientific instrument room and 9,000 square feet of tenant office space. The academic wing contains more than 16,000 square feet of highly specialized teaching and research labs and offices. For more information about opportunities to lease space or use the services of the CIE's contract analysis lab, go to

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468