Bob Geolas leaving CU-ICAR for Research Triangle Park
From the Raleigh News Observer
Bob Geolas, who left the top spot at N.C. State University's Centennial Campus for Clemson University, is returning to the region to lead the nonprofit organization that runs the iconic Research Triangle Park.
Geolas said in an interview that although he had a great experience at Clemson, RTP's attraction was irresistible on a couple of levels.
"There is no park that has more significance in the United States than the Research Triangle Park," he said. "So for anyone in my profession, the opportunity to represent the park is a great honor."
"To me, it's also deeply personal," Geolas continued. "I grew up here. ... Everything I grew up and did was influenced by the success of the growth and transformation brought about by Research Triangle Park."
From the Greenville News
“For anyone in my profession, the research park business, RTP is the pinnacle in the country, so it was very difficult not to be open to accepting this position,” Geolas said.
John Kelly, Clemson’s vice president for economic development, said Geolas gave notice of his departure on Monday.
“I think it’s probably his dream job,” Kelly said about Geolas’ move.
Kelly said Clemson would review the job description for the position Geolas is leaving, form a search committee and begin looking for his replacement immediately.