Dyan Brasington is the Vice President for Innovation and Applied Research at Towson University. In her capacity as Vice President, Dyan leads an initiative to create and expand partnerships, entrepreneurship, research, and continuing education for the University. She is accountable for the management and success of several university units to include the Regional Economic Studies Institute (RESI), the Center for GIS and IT services, and the Center for Professional Studies to include the recent launch of the Professional Leadership Program for Women.
Brasington initiated the TU Entrepreneurial Experience, which includes Towson University's business incubator, newly opened Student Launch Pad and all associated programs. Her Division at Towson reports to the university president, is part of the President's Council managing the university, and is a multifaceted outreach and communications contract and research unit that provides student co-curricular experience, faculty research support, and services and solutions to government and the broader community.
Brasington brings to Towson University many years combined experience in economic development, management, communications and public policy. Prior to her role at Towson, she was the President of the Technology Council of Maryland, where she was responsible for technology lead economic development along with responsibilities for the management, direction, strategic development and marketing of the association, at that time comprised of over 700 corporate member organizations. Brasington lead the strategic vision for the Council and their success in the development of public policy and advocacy programs.
Brasington has managed and led organizations at the state, regional and local levels, and through public university. Her experience includes being the Director of Economic Development for the State of West Virginia, in Howard and Montgomery Counties, Maryland, and in Prince William County, Virginia. She began her career in economic development with the Florida Department of Commerce.
In addition to achieving the professional designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), she holds a Bachelors and Masters degree from Florida State University, a Masters in Public Policy from UMBC, and is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute. Brasington served two terms on the Board of the Baltimore Branch of the Federal Reserve, and on the Board of Directors of Leadership Maryland, remaining active as an alumnus with both organizations.
Brasington has received recognition to include being named one of Washington DC's 100 Most Influential Women, one of Maryland's Top 100 Women on three occasions, is inducted into the Maryland Economic Developers Association's (MEDA) Hall of Fame and has been awarded the designation of Fellow Member and Honorary Life Member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
Dyan currently serves on several boards and committees of not for profit organizations to include IEDC, MEDA, and the Maryland Center for Construction Education and Innovation (MCCEI).