Rich Rosen Bio

Rich Rosen has a long history of organizational leadership and community service. He is currently appointed to the Board of Trustees for Columbus State Community College (Chairman 2013-14), and also serves on the Boards of The Mid-Ohio Food Bank, The PAST Foundation, I Know I Can, the OSU Biomedical Engineering Advisory Council, and chairs the Sanford Research Promise Advisory Board. Recognition of his contributions include The Ohio State University Distinguished Service Medal, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Ohio BioScience Leadership Award for his work to advance economic impact of the state’s biomedical industry. Rich was selected as the third Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Education in 2012, where he is now researching the characteristics of enduring business/education partnerships as part of his doctoral studies. He is an adjunct faculty member in the JHU School of Education and teaches in their graduate school.

Rich is founder of Indigo Strategies with the mission of “engineers helping educators.” He is an executive advisor and works in-residence with corporations, non-profit leaders, and educational leaders who are in the midst of taking their organizations into new directions. Experiences in the public and private sectors over the arc of his career have included corporate general manager, board member, funder, community organizer, and researcher. These experiences give Rich an informed appreciation of what leaders face as they take their organizations in new directions.

Rich’s doctoral research explored endurance of partnerships between education and business. The research entailed comprehensive case studies of partnerships that had exhibited high levels of endurance and that had continually produced results in the midst of leadership changes, funding uncertainty, and complex policy environments. His work at Indigo Strategies applies Rich’s understanding of building these types of partnerships as he works to help organizations design robust relationships.

Prior to his research at Johns Hopkins and Indigo Strategies, Rich enjoyed a 30-year career at Battelle Memorial Institute that included establishing the commercial health and life sciences business, oversight of corporate venture capital investments in health care technology commercialization, and institutionalizing relationship management practices with key external partners. In the latter part of his career with Battelle, Rich was responsible for reenergizing the organization’s education and philanthropy activities. In that role, Rich was a founder of the Metro Early College High School, the first Executive Director of the Ohio STEM Learning Network, and a founding member of regional economic development associations operating in central Ohio.

Rich has been invited to serve on more than 30 boards of directors and advisors to date ranging from education to arts to venture capital to economic development. His education boardroom experience spans a PK-20 spectrum, including early childhood, K-12 independent and public school, and post- secondary institutions.


Bachelor’s Degree, BSEE, Electrical Engineering Kettering University 1979
Master’s Degree, MS, Biomedical Engineering The Ohio State University 1980 EdD Doctor of Doctor of Education, Johns Hopkins University, 2016

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