Voinovich School Welcomes Gilbert Michaud

Austin Ambrose
September 9, 2016

Gilbert Michaud HeadshotThe Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University welcomes Gilbert Michaud to the professional staff as a Cluster Analyst.  In this role, Michaud will conduct economic impact and feasibility studies, industry cluster analyses, and other research affiliated with the U.S. Economic Development Administration University Center.

Michaud’s central research responsibilities focus on a project with the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG), stemming from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Appalachian Ohio Wood Products Cluster grant awarded last year. This work involves economic development modeling and other advanced statistical techniques to identify the economic impact of the wood industry in Ohio. The project’s first year concludes next month.

Michaud will also assume a role in other economic development and energy research projects, teaching, and other initiatives associated with the Voinovich School.

He joins the school from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he worked as a graduate teaching and research assistant.  Michaud also previously worked as an economics content author for Sapling Learning, Inc., as well as the lead researcher for the Energy and Power section of the U.S. Business Executive Journal.  He has authored several peer-reviewed academic articles and technical reports for various nonprofits and government agencies.  Michaud holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, a master’s degree in community economic development, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in public policy and administration at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Michaud said he is excited about the multifaceted role he will play in projects that closely align with his research interests.

“I am particularly excited to be at the Voinovich School because it is the perfect amalgamation of academic programs that match my background in public affairs, energy, and economic development,” Michaud said.  He continued: “I look forward to contributing to the mission of the Voinovich School by conducting applied research for Southeast Ohio and beyond.”