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Battelle Applied Genomics Today

Featured Expert: Wes Hall: Executive Director of the STEMx National Network

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Wes Hall believes that a student’s zip code shouldn’t impact the learning opportunities that shape his or her future. As the Executive Director of the STEMx National Network, he advances equity, excellence, and innovation in STEM education by connecting and convening STEM network leaders in 21 states.  

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. Born in Bristol, TN, Wes grew up in rural Appalachia and worked to expand opportunities for students in rural and urban areas. His leadership was integral to establishing multiple STEM platform schools and regional hubs, developing strong industry engagement, and advocating for innovative state policy to expand STEM opportunities in Tennessee.  

Prior to joining Battelle, Wes 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 University of Tennessee’s Master of Public Policy & Administration Board of Advisors and is a previous member of the university’s Young Alumni Council.  In addition, he serves on the Tennessee Department of Education’s STEM Leadership Council and the board of the United Way of Tennessee’s Afterschool Network.