Dyan Brasington brings over 30 years of experience in economic development, entrepreneurship, public policy advocacy, and leadership to her role as Vice President of Innovation and Applied Research at Towson University. Her personal and professional life is dedicated to three values and goals: enhancing the economic prosperity of the regions and communities in which she serves; advocating for inclusion and opportunity; and team building through leading by example and with integrity. In her role, Brasington is able to cohesively blend these personal values with the mission and goals of the University.
Brasington's philosophy of expanding opportunities to the Towson community incorporates the University's current focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. She facilitates collaborations across disciplines and plans strategic partnerships around our region. Moreover, under her leadership, the TU created the Student Launch Pad. This endeavor gives every Towson student the opportunity to foster their own entrepreneurial spirit through innovative programs and activities.
Brasington's commitment to quality, relevant research is helping Towson University to position itself as as a premier applied research institution. Her unwavering dedication of fostering an environment of innovation allows her team to achieve its greatest potential as researchers and professionals who work on projects that directly influence public policy decisions around the state. Because Brasington challenges her team to create community capacity, Towson has successfully launched the now celebrated Professional Leadership Program for Women.
With many years of experience in economic development, government, advocacy, and marketing and communication, Brasington is a leader in tech-led economic development. Prior to joining Towson University, she was President of the Technology Council of Maryland, a membership organization focused on the integration, expansion, and advancement of technology companies in Maryland. She also served as Director of Economic Development for the State of West Virginia; Howard County, Maryland; Montgomery County, Maryland; and Prince William County, Virginia.
Brasington dedicates her service to several organizations as a board member. In addition to having been named to the Maryland Economic Development Association's Hall of Fame, Brasington was named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women on three occasions and one of Washington DC's Most Influential Women. She is a member of Maryland's Circle of Excellence and achieved Fellow Membership and Honorary Life Membership in the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
Brasington earned a bachelor's degree in marketing and a master's degree in speech communication from Florida State University. She earned a second master's degree in urban public policy from UMBC. She is a Certified Economic and Community Developer (CeDC), the professional designation in economic development.