Wes Hall is Interim Senior Vice President of Education and Philanthropy and directs Battelle’s efforts to expand STEM learning opportunities for all students. These efforts include the Metro Schools, the Ohio STEM Learning Network, the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, and the national STEMx network. He also serves as the executive director of STEMx, seeking to advance innovation in STEM education by connecting and convening leaders in 21 US states and territories.
Previously serving as the director of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, he led a highly successful partnership between Battelle Education and the Tennessee Department of Education designed to amplify quality STEM learning opportunities for students across the state. A native of Southwestern Virginia, he grew up in rural Appalachia and brought a focus to expanding opportunities for students in rural areas of Tennessee. His leadership was integral to establishing multiple STEM platform schools and regional innovation hubs, developing strong industry engagement, and advocating for innovative state policy to expand STEM opportunities in Tennessee.
Prior to joining Battelle, he served as a program coordinator for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, overseeing the state’s higher education STEM initiatives supported by Race to the Top.
Wes holds a bachelor’s degree and a Master’s in Public Administration from University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He currently serves on the national advisory board for the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University, the leadership board of the national STEM Education Coalition, and the University of Tennessee’s Master of Public Policy & Administration Board of Advisors.