Fiona Baxter is the associate executive director of NC State University's Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) and the assistant director of the NC Manufacturing Extension Partnership. Dr. Baxter provides leadership in several areas including the IES Evaluation Center which conducts performance evaluation, research, planning and assessments for both educational and workforce development programs. Since 2016, she has led IES' Defense Industry Initiatives programs, securing more than $12 million dollars in funding from the Department of Defense to support the NC DoD supply chain.
In 2021, Fiona led the efforts of more than 20 organizations to secure the DoD Defense Manufacturing Community Designation in smart textiles and materials in support of the Warfighter. Having lived and worked in 17 countries, Dr. Baxter has extensive experience in working with diverse cultures. She holds a Ph.D. in public administration from NC State University and a M.S. in anthropology from East Carolina University and is pursuing a second Ph.D. in American Military History with a focus on the American Revolution. She calls Pine Knoll Shores home.