Cheek will be addressing UT’s economic development goals and initiatives as part of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities panel moderated by APLU President Peter McPherson. Cheek is one of three top campus leaders asked to contribute to the discussion.
More than 200 education and business leaders are expected to attend the conference, “Transforming Economies: The Role of University Innovation in Economic Growth.” The sessions will focus on innovation, job growth, and collaboration between academia and the business sector, among other pertinent topics. North Carolina State is hosting the conference to culminate its 125th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act.
Cheek serves on the board of directors for the APLU; as chair of the group’s Commission on Food, Environment, and Renewable Resources; and as a member of the APLU Presidential Advisory Committee on Energy.