Hugh StevensDirector of Harvey Najim Center for Business Innovation and Social Responsibility
- M.A., University of Maine, 2016
- B.A., SUNY Empire Stage College, 2005
Prior to St. Mary’s University, Stevens served as interim strategic operations and finance officer for Maine Brands LLC with offices in Bothbay Harbor and Locke Mills, Maine. His work included reorganizing a number of recently shuttered and discontinued corporations and wood products brands. In addition, Stevens crafted strategies in support of brand resurrection and development, product development and operational budgeting – day-to-day accounting processes – income and cash statements, P&L analysis, product and process specific cost/benefit analysis. Maine Brands has significant holdings relating to renewable and non-renewable resource management which were part of his operational portfolio.
While at the University of Maine, Stevens was responsible for creating, designing, and implementing a business support program as Director of the Office of Special Projects for the School of Economics (SOE). He served as Executive Director for SOE’s Knowledge Transfer Alliance (KTA) which he established in September 2008.
On Jan. 1, 2011, Stevens and his team expanded the program to serve the entire state as well as engaging in projects in New England and New York. He also was responsible for accessing and securing all significant funding opportunities and agency collaborations – public and private – which sustained KTA’s efforts.
Stevens has over 30 years of work experience in the private sector – including as principal partner of a small cap manufacturing company. He also served as chief financial officer and executive vice president for a prominent non-profit in Western New York, and as a principal partner for a managerial, organizational and financial consultancy.