Debbie PatrickDebbie Patrick Administrative Associate IV
Administrative Associate IV
Phone: (470) 578-7238
Location: R2 115
Debbie J. Patrick is the Administrative Associate for the Office of the Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement. She provides the office and the division with administrative support including, scheduling, travel, purchasing, and budget. Debbie joined the newly created Division of Economic Development and Community Engagement in July 2015 and brings over 30 years of experience in higher education.
Charles RossCharles Ross Vice President
Phone: (470) 578-7206
Location: R2 108
Mr. Ross is the Vice President of Economic Development and Community Engagement for Kennesaw State University. Ross joined Kennesaw State as the university's first Vice President of Economic Development and Community Engagement in July 2015. As KSU's chief economic development officer, Mr. Ross provides campus-wide leadership in deploying university resources to support northwest Georgia's economic development efforts and engaging off-campus communities. Mr. Ross chairs the KSU Economic Development Task Force, is KSU's chief liaison to the Cobb County Competitive EDGE Project, and oversees KSU's Offices of Community Engagement and Government Relations.
Ross came to KSU after 10 years of service in university-based economic development. Prior to his current position, Mr. Ross held several positions with the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. During his tenure at EI2, Mr. Ross was responsible for executing growth opportunities that expanded the scope and reach of EI2's programs and provided leadership for several nationally recognized programs focused on technology, rural, and minority entrepreneurship.
Prior to the Enterprise Innovation Institute, Mr. Ross was a Vice President of the Telecommunications Development Fund where he sourced, structured, and managed investments in several early-stage communications companies. Additionally, Mr. Ross was a Director of Ameritech's venture capital division where he identified and executed strategic technology investments. During these assignments, Mr. Ross served as a corporate director and observer for several early-stage technology companies and participated in investment exits via initial public offerings and strategic acquisition.
In addition to his technology entrepreneurship experience, Mr. Ross has over ten years of business development and engineering management experience acquired through several assignments within Ameritech's cellular, telephony, electronic commerce, and IT business units.
Currently Mr. Ross is a director with the National Business Incubation Association, an organization focused on supporting entrepreneurship and the business creation process in communities throughout the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Ross is also a director of The Center for Working Families, an employment and asset-building initiative to improve the economic well-being of inner city residents within the city of Atlanta, and Neighborhood Nexus, a regional collaborative to enable data-based decision making for community-focused organizations
Mr. Ross holds an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University and a MBA from Indiana University.