Leaving Georgia Tech


The only constant is change…

I will be leaving both of my posts as Vice President of the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) and as General Manager of the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) by the end of the year. The Executive Leadership Team believes that it is time to recruit new leadership that is better suited to the next phase of EI2’s growth. Georgia Tech will be launching a national search for a new executive who will help the ELT implement the goals of the Georgia Tech strategic plan.

In a statement released by the Institute today (12 Oct 2015), they said: [link]

Stephen Fleming will be stepping down as the vice president and executive director of Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2), as of December 31, 2015. He made this announcement during a staff meeting earlier today.

According to Executive Vice President for Research Steve Cross, EI2 has been a driving force in the growth of Georgia Tech’s innovation ecosystem helping expand the Institute’s economic impact and job creation for the state. “We are grateful for Stephen’s seven years of service in this capacity and his support to EI2, Georgia Tech and Georgia,” said Cross. “EI2 has experienced remarkable success across all of its programs in recent years under Stephen’s leadership. Georgia Tech is grateful to him for his extraordinary contributions and we all wish him continued success in his next endeavors,” Cross said.

Chris Downing, EI2 associate vice president, has agreed to serve as the interim director during the leadership transition as a national search for a new director begins.

The Enterprise Innovation Institute is Georgia Tech’s business extension organization and serves as the primary vehicle to achieve Georgia Tech’s goal of expanded local, regional, and global outreach.

EI2 and ATDC have plenty of talented and skilled senior managers. A transition plan will be announced shortly, and I have no doubt that this great team will continue to perform brilliantly through an interim period. The Tech Square innovation neighborhood will continue to be a national model of economic development, and EI2’s and ATDC’s programs will continue to be at the center of that. I look forward to celebrating their continued success.

On a personal note, although I will no longer be working here, I remain a loyal Georgia Tech alumnus and donor. This place is very important to me, and the relationships I’ve built over the last eleven years have been some of the best of my life. That won’t change.

I’ll keep an updated résumé here and my LinkedIn profile here. I appreciate your support as I figure out what to do next. Thank you.


View Stephen Fleming's profile on LinkedIn

If you’d like a printable résumé/CV, you can download it here.


  1. Jonathan Goldman says

    We love you Stephen!

  2. Russell Jurney says

    You did a great job at Georgia Tech, leading the charge that led to the growth of Atlanta’s startup scene.

  3. Thanks. I’d say “surfed the wave” rather than “leading the charge”… the growth was inevitable. I’m proud of the bit I did to make some of the entrepreneurs more successful. But I appreciate the kind words!