Ranch Kimball will be Babson College’s new chief operating officer

Babson College said Tuesday that Ranch Kimball, the state’s economic development commissioner under former Governor Mitt Romney, will assume the role of chief operating officer Aug. 1.

Babson’s new president is Kerry Healey, who served as Massachusetts lieutenant governor when Romney was governor.

Ranch Kimball. Photo courtesy of Babson College.

Most recently, he Kimball served as president and chief executive of CIC Partners, the arm of the Cambridge Innovation Center responsible for operations of Innovation Centers outside the Boston-Cambridge region. In his new job, Kimball will focus on raising Babson’s profile in the Boston innovation community and regionally, the school said, and he will direct revenue and profile-generating efforts by helping to cultivate new relationships and opportunities that support Babson’s business growth goals.

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“Whether creating new innovation centers through the CIC or directing the Commonwealth’s economic policies and efforts, I’ve spent the better part of my career working to support and grow the entrepreneurial landscape in this region,” Kimball said in a statement. “There is no better way for me to take this work to the next level than to join the recognized No. 1 school for entrepreneurship and further extend entrepreneurship of all kinds to spur on innovation, economic development and social change in Boston and throughout the region.”