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NKU Research Foundation names new board members

Highland Heights, Ky. – Experts in intellectual property law, patent law, and entrepreneurship will now help guide student and faculty research at NKU.

Six new members have joined the board of the Northern Kentucky University Research Foundation, Inc.

“Our new members bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that will allow us to stay in tune with the needs of our region, and also to enhance our support system for faculty research, particularly with respect to intellectual property and patents,” said Dr. Samantha Langley-Turnbaugh, Chairman of the Board and Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Research and Outreach at NKU.

The new members were appointed by NKU President Geoffrey S. Mearns and will fill previously-vacant spots on the 20-member board.

The Northern Kentucky University Research Foundation (NKURF) is a not-for-profit corporation established to promote and implement scientific and educational activities, specifically to support NKU’s efforts to promote the development, implementation, and coordination of extramurally-sponsored programs involving research, instruction, public service, and other projects that further the mission of the University.

NKURF also serves as the university’s agent in the receipt of external grants and contracts and intellectual property income, and also oversees the protection, development, and commercialization of intellectual property.


William R. Allen 

Allen is a partner in the Intellectual Property Law practice group at Thompson Hine LLP in Cincinnati.

His practice includes procuring and leveraging IP assets using patents, trademarks, and trade secrets, and his primary focus is patent acquisition to protect innovations developed by entrepreneurs and corporations.


Rodney D’Souza 

D’Souza is the Fifth Third Bank Endowed Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at NKU.

He teaches new venture creation, new venture management, and business plan writing. His areas of interest include entrepreneurial opportunity identification, new venture teams, and new venture financing. His research has been published nationally.

Michael Hales

Hales is Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at NKU. He joined NKU in August 2015 from The E.W. Scripps Co. He provides leadership, management, and policy advice on all strategic and tactical matters pertaining to the fiscal operations and financial management of the University.

He serves as the treasurer for the University and the NKU Research Foundation and oversees the University Budget Office and Office of the Comptroller.


Dov Rosenberg

Rosenberg is a director at Allos Ventures in Cincinnati, where he helps entrepreneurs change markets through the application of new technologies.

He previously worked at Blue Chip Venture Company, where he managed a fund that invested in seed and startup-stage technology companies.


Jordan Vogel

Vogel is Director of Entrepreneurial Ecosystem at Cintrifuse in Cincinnati, where he helps startup companies grow and thrive. He began his career as a professional classical musician, and later founded two startup companies to help other professional musicians perform and perfect their craft.

His career also includes serving as head of marketing for Executive Jet Management, a Berkshire Hathaway/NetJets company.”


Larry D. Williams

Williams is an associate in the Chemical/Materials Sciences and Biotech practice groups at Wood Herron & Evans, LLP in Cincinnati. His focus is upon patent application preparation and prosecution, and his technical background is in targeted drug design, natural product synthesis, and synthesis and characterization of polymeric systems for energy generation and storage.