Alex Delavan, 34

Director of Sponsored Programs
Oakland University

Alex DelavanAlex Delavan is director of sponsored programs at Oakland University. In his career, he has contributed to economic growth, job growth and retention, community development and increases in research funding. Since joining OU in 2013, it has transitioned from a high-risk to low-risk grantee, was the only university named to the "25 Most Innovative Companies" by Crain's Detroit Business in 2014, saw three straight years of new award growth, and has reversed a negative trend in research funding to realize a 53 percent increase in new awards from 2013 to 2016.

With Delphi Automotive Systems, Delavan wrote and won a $1 million state of Ohio Third Frontier grant in advanced energy, creating a new product and 40 U.S. manufacturing and research jobs. In 2012, with labor negotiations breaking down at the Brookhaven, Mississippi plant, he negotiated $4.4 million in grants and tax incentives, significantly contributing to the plant survival, retaining 250 jobs scheduled to move overseas.

Delavan serves his local community on the board of directors for CityScape Detroit, overseeing Detroit SOUP. SOUP events have raised more than $130,000 for community projects. He serves on the board of directors for the Research Administrators Certification Council, the certifying body for his field. Almost 60 percent of the 2,800 certified professionals have earned their designation during his tenure.

He is a 2005 graduate of Central Michigan University, with a bachelor's of Business Administration majoring in accounting, and a 2016 OU graduate, with a Master in Business Administration with concentrations in finance and international business.

The information presented here was accurate as of January 1, 2017.