Mary Lou Bourne
Director of Technology Innovation and Economic Development, James Madison University
Executive Director, James Madison Innovations, Inc.
Mary Lou Bourne established Technology Innovation and Economic Development, formally known as the Office of Technology Transfer, at James Madison University in January 2005, as well as the intellectual property non-profit corporation, James Madison Innovations, in 2008. In her dual roles of Director of Technology Innovation and Economic Development and Executive Director of James Madison Innovations, Inc. she provides leadership over all aspects of operations including developing strategies for marketing, licensing and commercialization of intellectual property created by faculty, staff, and students, fostering economic development collaborations, and assisting in the establishment of start-up companies based on intellectual property developed at JMU.
Bourne has more than 20 years’ work experience in project management and information systems implementation during her career including Controller at Bridgewater College, Virginia Tech where she served as the Associate Director of Administrative Information Systems, and systems integration for an international non-profit organization. Her 2004 graduate research in identity theft culminated in a system dynamics model entitled “The Dynamics of Identity Theft: A Comparison of Symptomatic and Systemic Solutions”.
A Certified Public Accountant, Mary Lou is a member of the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), the Academic Licensing Community of Virginia (ALCOVe), and the JMU Honors Advisory Council. Mary Lou is married to JMU’s Athletic Director, Jeff Bourne. They have two sons, Jason, a JMU graduate in 2011 and JMU Special Gifts Officer, and Kyle, a senior at James Madison University. Together as a family, they bleed purple.
M.S. James Madison University, Integrated Science & Technology
Ma.Ed. Virginia Tech, Higher Education Administration
B.A. Bridgewater College, Business Administration
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