WATERVILLE, MAINE, June 2017 — Thomas College’s recently announced Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation added another member to its staff this week. Levant native and recent 2017 Thomas College graduate Josh Devou will be the program coordinator of the institute.
A marketing and communications major at Thomas, Devou is in charge of day-to-day operations, marketing, and working with the Institute’s Executive Director Mike Duguay to build programming and future offerings of the institute.
“I am excited to work for the institute because there is an incredible impact the institute can have not just on students, but on the area and Thomas alumni,” said Devou.
The Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation was announced on May 10, 2017. With a $5.3 commitment from the Harold Alfond Foundation. The institute focuses on three key pillars: professional development, building an entrepreneur eco-system, and a paid internship program.
“Josh’s familiarity with the Thomas culture and community combined with his experience in sales, marketing, and customer services were key factors in determining that he was the best fit for the position,” said Duguay. “We are excited to have him on our team to grow this institute and support central Maine.”
Named for Maine’s premiere entrepreneur and innovator, the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation has been established to spur economic vitality in Central Maine by nurturing the very talent that will assist in the creation of both jobs and wealth for the area. The institute provides the platforms from which instruction, training, events, mentoring, and access to talent are all made available within the context of entrepreneurship and innovation. This is done through the program offerings for students, entrepreneurs and businesses.
Programming and other events will begin in the fall, in addition to the unveiling of innovation space for students to utilize.
About Thomas College: Founded in 1894, Thomas College offers Master’s, Baccalaureate and Associate degrees in programs ranging from criminal justice and psychology to teacher education, business and technology. Thomas offers a guaranteed job program built on a student’s academic, leadership and career preparation, and is the home of the Center for Innovation in Education and the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation. For more information, visit wwwold.thomas.edu or contact MacKenzie Riley at [email protected] or 207-859-1313.