UVU Selects Director for its New Technology Commercialization Office
January 14, 2011
For Immediate Release
For more information: Val Peterson (801) 863-8486
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Utah Valley University is pleased to announce that Kent Millington has been selected to fill the newly created position of director of technology commercialization.
As part of UVU President Matthew S. Holland’s business engagement strategy to help local businesses invigorate the region’s economy, the University is creating a technology commercialization office. It will be Millington’s assignment, as director of the office, to identify and cultivate the area’s hotbed of entrepreneurial and informational technology properties developed at UVU and throughout the region, and facilitate the transfer of those technologies into commercially viable enterprises.
Millington has 25 years of executive experience in building and managing rapidly expanding profitable operations including helping to create one of the world’s largest Internet companies. He has built start-up companies into world leaders with profit margins as high as 50 percent and created and managed major technology operations with sales growth to exceed $500 million. Millington has substantial international experience and networks and is a specialist in developing new technologies into profitable businesses.
“We are pleased to bring Kent on as the director of the technology commercialization office at UVU. With his depth and breadth of knowledge and experience in building and managing major companies and intellectual properties, we feel he will be very successful in helping UVU to become a significant economic engine for fostering area technologies and businesses,” said Val Peterson, vice president of administration at UVU.
Millington, a strong advocate for higher education, holds a doctorate and master’s degree in business administration, and has also taught entrepreneurship, finance and strategy business courses for nine years at the university level. An engaged community leaders, he has also served national small business interests on two committees of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and as a local school board president and member. Millington is currently in his fifth year of a six-year appointment as a member of the Utah Transportation Commission.
The Highland, Utah, resident assumed his directorship duties at UVU this week.