Webster creates new Center for Innovation and Professional Development


Written by John Hund

Webster University is launching a Center for Innovation and Professional Development (CIPD) to create and implement a wide range of collaborative programs. This is to help students gain professional skills outside of what the classroom normally teaches.

This initiative was created in the spring of 2018 by a team of administration, faculty and staff members to explore the development of continuing professional and non-credit education offerings.

John Pyle, Webster’s Chief Innovation Officer and Vice President for New Business, developed the CIPD. Co-directors Gary Renz and Joe Roberts as well as faculty members in Webster’s George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, will run the center.

The activities at the center will occur at different stages,.The first will deliver non-credit professional development, continuing education seminars and programs, incubate interdisciplinary initiatives and administer Webster’s existing Audit for Enrichment program.

Later phases will explore grant opportunities for students, contracts for the center’s activities, develop workshops and identify community based research opportunities for faculty.

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