Director of tech. implementation institute retires

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Essica Williams, director of the Colorado Institute for Technology Transfer and Implementation, will leave her position with CU-The Springs on Sept. 1.

Williams said that although Colorado Springs has been good to her, she is looking forward to retirement. She and her husband plan to spend their days spoiling their grandson, who is now two months old.

“I want to spend time with that baby and watch him grow up and enjoy him while I can still do it,” she said with a smile, adding that her mother will join them when they move to Durango to join her daughter’s family.

Williams took on the challenge of heading up CITTI in October 1996. The directorship had been vacant for six months. She inherited a job that required building and strengthening a list of business partners, as well as opening doors of communication with other university departments.

CITTI is a branch of the department of business on the CU-The Springs campus. Besides helping university professors patent their inventions, it also assists small or start-up, high-technology businesses in the area. CITTI provides consulting services, linkages, and networks for small-business entrepreneurs. The program can help them devise a business plan, find funding sources, and affiliate with other businesses. She also can connect them with angel investors. Her office serves about 100 entrepreneurs a year, she said.

Prior to joining the university, Williams worked for six years at Pikes Peak Community College as assistant director in the Corporate, Work force and Economic Development Division. She was with Texas Instruments before that as a coordinator in training and development for six years. Preceding that position, she taught English and speech in junior and senior high schools.

CITTI has not yet determined how it will fill the vacancy Williams leaves.