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Janet Woolman

Janet Woolman
Janet Woolman is the Executive Director of Economic Development and the Louisiana Environmental Research Center (LERC) and Associate Professor of Library and Information Science at McNeese State University.  She holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University.

Woolman has extensive experience as a principle investigator (PI) with over $6 million successfully funded in federal, state, and private funding including the U.S. Department of Education, NOAA, USDA-NRCS, SBA, and EDA. Woolman is the principle investigator of the EDA grant which partially funded the $13 million dollar Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial and Economic Development Center (a partnership with McNeese, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, SWLA Economic Development Alliance, and the City of Lake Charles). She is also the principle investigator of the recently established EDA University Center grant which promotes regional innovation.  Woolman works with the faculty, university, business and industry, and local and state elected officials to actively further research and economic development in Southwest Louisiana.  She has administered many different grant programs, faculty development initiatives, faculty and student research programs, and served on numerous committees.

She is involved with the community and has served as a panelist for the Entergy hosted summit on education and a panelist for America’s Wetland Foundation “Blue Ribbon Resilient Communities.”  She has served as a member of the Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration (OCPR) Coastal Master Plan Framework Development Team, currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, LA SBIR/STTR Phase 0 review committee, National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) New Orleans Planning Committee, the University of Louisiana System Undergraduate Research Council, and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) GRC Economic Development Task Force.  She has held an Endowed Professorship for the Calcasieu Parish Development Board for Industrial and Economic Development.  She mentors several undergraduate and graduate students each semester in research and scholarly projects and recently authored the first edition of the new Innovation, Scholarship, and Research Review of the Chenier Plain. She also holds an Incubator Management Certificate from the National Business Incubator Association.She collaborated with the McNeese Dean of Engineering and Provost, to establish the McNeese Innovation Center (located in the SEED Center), which includes an innovation curriculum, innovation lab, and student business incubation studio. Woolman has long held memberships in AASCU GRC, NCURA, AUTM, NBIA, CUR and participates in a network of colleagues across the state and nationally.

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