We develop university, industry and government partnerships for economic and societal benefit.

Vice Chancellor Kevin Howell

Debbie Robertson, Executive Assistant, drrober4@ncsu.edu

NC State’s Office of External Affairs, Partnerships and Economic Development helps public and private entities find the right partnership opportunities, whether that’s sponsoring faculty research, hiring student interns and supporting Senior Design Projects, or identifying space on Centennial Campus.

The office also supports economic development efforts of the state of North Carolina and the Triangle region by actively recruiting companies and promoting university-industry partnerships.

Vice Chancellor Kevin Howell leads the effort to support NC State’s critical role as an economic driver across the state through innovative partnerships with industry and government. Howell most recently served as a senior advisor to the UNC System president, overseeing state and federal relations, economic and community engagement, military affairs and advancement.




Associate Vice Chancellor Julie Smith

As NC State’s associate vice chancellor for external affairs, partnerships and economic development, Julie Smith serves as the university liaison for state and local relations.

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$9.8 Billion

Created across North Carolina through NC State’s economic development partnerships (FY23)

“Partnering to advance industry-leading innovation is a key win for both Under Armour and NC State. We are proud to work with NC State to improve athletic performance apparel and footwear.”

Stephanie Linnartz, President and CEO, Under Armour