Len Heller, Ph.D. is retired Vice President, Commercialization and Economic Development, at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Heller has extensive experience in academic, private industry and government. He has held administrative and faculty positions in three academic health science centers—Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Michigan, and the University of Kentucky, where he was Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the UK Albert B. Chandler Medical Center. He served as Secretary for the Kentucky’s Cabinet of Human Resources and Chairman of the Governor’s Task Force on Health Reform. In 1986, Dr. Heller left the academic environment and moved to Chicago where he joined with private business in a state government-private sector initiative to convert a mental health campus into an industrial park, creating new manufacturing jobs in a disadvantaged area. In 1990, Dr. Heller raised capital to purchase a business from the University of Kentucky and sold it two years later to Neogen Corporation. Dr. Heller has served on several corporate boards, including Neogen Corporation, the Board of Health Kentucky, Inc., and The Better Business Bureau of Central and Southeastern Kentucky.
University of Kentucky
Retired Vice President, Commercialization and Economic Development