by Paul J. Gough

William Generett Jr. has been named vice president of community engagement at Duquesne University.

Generett, founding president and CEO of the public-private partnership Urban Innovation21 and a lawyer, announced in April that he would leave the organization after a decade at the helm. He’ll begin his new job Sept. 1.

He’ll be in charge of engagement between Duquesne and community groups, governments and others, something that Duquesne President Ken Gormley said in a statement was a priority in the university’s soon-to-be-announced strategic plan.

“Bill Generett is a highly recognized civic leader with a distinguished career in community and economic development,” Gormley said in a statement. “His expertise, community connections and passion for improving our region will help to make this vision a reality.”

Generett, a lawyer, was executive director of Hill House Economic Development Corp. from 2007 to 2009 and has extensive corporate and legal experience. He also was a member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, an advisory group of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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