Asst. Vice President

Almesha L. Campbell, Ph.D. is the Assistant Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Jackson State University (JSU). In this capacity, she supports the Vice President with overall responsibility for the Division of Research and Economic Development. For over 10 years, she served as the Director for Technology Transfer and Commercialization at JSU, and continues to manage the intellectual property process from triage of invention disclosures to commercialization.

Almesha designs and manages around innovation and entrepreneurship in an effort to broadening the participating on underrepresented minorities in these areas. She is the Principal Investigator (PI) for the NSF-supported JSU I-Corps Site, which is designed to train teams of faculty and students to take their ideas from the lab to the market. She is also PI of an NSF EAGER grant designed to help change perception of underrepresented minorities in innovation and entrepreneurship. Almesha serves as the executive director of the NIGMS-funded Engaging Researchers and Innovators in Commercialization at HBCUs (EnRICH) pre-accelerator program. Almesha co-led the development of the newly established Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at JSU, which houses a VR Academy, makerspace, learning collaboratory, production room, and more. She spearheads a newly designed initiative to transform the STEM curriculum using virtual reality, as well as the JSU eSports program.

She was elected to a 3-year term on the AUTM Board of Directors starting March 2021, and is a member of the AUTM EDI Committee and the Women AUTM Inventors SIG. In addition to AUTM, Almesha holds membership in professional organizations such as the Licensing Executives Society, Society of Research Administrators (SRA) International, and the American Society of Public Administration. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida, and a master’s degree in mass communications and a doctoral degree in public policy and administration from Jackson State University.

Almesha L. Campbell, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Research and Economic Development
Tel: 601-979-6347