Terri Burgess Sandu Named Director of EII

Press Release

Posted: January 5, 2012

Terri Burgess Sandu Named Director of EII and Executive Director for Workforce Development at LCCC

Terri Burgess SanduTerri Burgess Sandu has been named Director of the Entrepreneurship Innovation Institute (EII) and Executive Director for Workforce Development at Lorain County Community College. Sandu comes to LCCC with more than 25 years of experience in the community services and economic development industries. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of Hard Hatted Women.

“We are pleased to have Ms. Sandu join LCCC. Her expertise in workforce and community development will play a key role as EII and LCCC continue to move forward,” LCCC President Dr. Roy A. Church said.

Housed on the LCCC campus, EII works to develop the region’s workforce, facilitate business growth and to foster entrepreneurship.

In her new role, Sandu will oversee all EII outreach programs and services delivered to corporate and community entities, including customized training and economic development support services to business, industry and community both on and off LCCC’s campus. She will play a key role in the strategic development and continued success of LCCC’s workforce development activities.

“Helping to advance the innovations taking place at LCCC under Dr. Church’s leadership is an incredible opportunity,” Sandu said. “I look forward to helping businesses excel and entrepreneurs turn their ideas into companies by connecting them to all available resources.”

Sandu will begin duties in her new post January 17, 2012. She replaces Jim Shanahan.

During her tenure at Hard Hatted Women, Sandu helped steer the organization by developing areas such as financial management, technology infrastructure and new program development. She also served on numerous committees and councils related to workforce development.

In addition to her position at Hard Hatted Women, Sandu previously served as Program Director for Common Ground; Assistant Director of Head Start and Development Director at Lorain County Community Action Agency; and Planning and Research Associate for the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland.

Sandu has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Oberlin College, and is a licensed auctioneer in the state of Ohio. She is a 2001 alumna of Leadership Lorain County and a 2009 alumna of the YWCA of Cleveland Momentum Executive Leadership program. She lives in Avon.

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