Mission Statement

The mission of the International Academy of Economic Development is to promote and enhance the profession of economic development worldwide through educational programs adapted to the culture and economic structure of each participating country.

Board of Directors

James R. Kinnett II, CEcD, FM, HLM, EDFP – Mr. Kinnett has been in the Economic Development profession for over 42 years. The last twelve years he has been the President of The Kinnett Consulting Group and a partner in CKK Group, as well as founding member of the International Academy for Economic Development.  For the previous thirty years he was the President/Executive Director for a number of organizations around the Country involving Economic Development. He has been instrumental in the development of a numerous business parks, public port and FTZ, downtown and riverfront development initiatives.  He has also been involved in the ownership and leasing of business facilities and the development of a speculative buildings with total usable square footage in excess of 800,000 square feet with assets of $40+M.  In 1982 Mr. Kinnett received his Certification Designation as a Certified Economic Developer from the American Economic Development Council (AEDC).  In 1983 he was appointed to the CED Certification Board and served as its Chairman during 1986 and 1987.  He was re-appointed to the CEcD Certification Committee and also served on the Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council, the IEDC Accredited Economic Development Organization Revue Committee and Chair of the Performance Oversight and Monitoring Committee (Standing Committee of IEDC).  He also served on the Polymer Alliance Zone Board, the Region 4 WIB Board and on the initial Administrative Board of the Caperton Center for Applied Technology

Kathie Gilbert, Ph.D. Vice President Emeritus for Academic Affairs, Western New Mexico University

Dr. Gilbert has facilitated strategic planning sessions for local, state, national and international organizations and universities. She serves as a facilitator for the Academic Quality Improvement Project (AQIP) Strategy Forums. She also does training in the areas of diversity and quality.  She has been a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Examiner for 13 years, and has led institutional award-winning quality award efforts at WNMU. She has worked in higher education for more than 40 years, 25 of those at Mississippi State University in the Department of Finance and Economics, a department she headed for eight years. She came to WNMU in 1993 as Professor of Economics, and in 1995 she was named Vice President of Academic Affairs. In 1999 she became the Special Assistant to the President for Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness, and in 2001 the Special Assistant for Quality Initiatives. In 2005 she became WNMU’s first Ombudsperson. She holds the title of Vice President Emeritus for Academic Affairs. Dr. Gilbert is active in her community through many organizations, including serving as board member since 1994 of the Silver City-Grant County Economic Development Corporation (SIGRED) and Board President, 1998-2002, the Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce, Grant County Branch, American Association of University Women, and her church. Dr. Gilbert holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama, and masters and doctorate degrees in economics from Louisiana State University.

Noreen Krewer Scott, CEcD, FM, Managing Member, NM Economic Catalyst Foundation, Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Ms. Scott serves as the Managing Member of the New Mexico Economic Catalyst Foundation, a position she has held since 2003.  Noreen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Mundelein College, Loyola University in Chicago, a Master’s Degree in guidance and Counseling from Western New Mexico University, and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.  Ms. Scott has been a certified economic developer since 1992.   Noreen currently is the course director for the WNMU NM Basic Course.  She retired from the Rio Rancho Economic Development Corporation (RREDC), two years ago and under her leadership, the RREDC partnered in the location of 45 companies, which have created more than 15,000 economic base jobs in the community including Hewlett-Packard, Victoria’s Secret, Sprint, Bank of America Service Center, Aero Mechanical, and 3 Intel plant expansions. She has over 6 years state level experience in economic development and co-authored the Texas/New Mexico Community Development Training Manual, spearheaded the organization and implementation of the Rural Economic Development Forum, and was a New Mexico representative to the Council of Governors Policy Advisors Rural Academy.  Ms. Scott is also a founding member of the New Mexico Economic Development Institute at Western New Mexico University and currently serves on the faculty of the Economic Development Institute. She has served on the faculty of the Economic Development Basic Course at the University of Minnesota in Duluth. Colorado Basic Economic Development course and the Economic Development Institute in Norman, Oklahoma.  Noreen currently serves on the Education and Certification committee for the International Economic Development Council.

John Counts, Ph.D.  President Emeritus, Western New Mexico University

Dr. Counts served as president from 1993 to 2011. Before he became President, he was Director of the Division of Business, Math and Computer Science and Professor of Management at WNMU. He served almost 30 years in the United States Army. In addition to a Bachelor of Science degree from West Point, Dr. Counts has two Master of Science degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology: one in Information and Computer Science, and one from the College of Industrial Management. He earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Texas.