Director of N.C. Centennial Campus to take wheel of Clemsons ICAR

Director of N.C. Centennial Campus to take wheel of Clemson's ICAR

By E. Richard Walton and Rudolph Bell

Robert T. Geolas, the top candidate to lead Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research, said Saturday he has accepted the post.

Geolas, 39, said he wasn't looking for a job, but Clemson approached with the offer to run ICAR. He said he visited Greenville, liked what he saw and its "great leadership" and decided this week to jump ship.

"I was interested in something that was going to be a model for the region, for the country," he said Saturday. "It fits me."

"This is a great new challenge," Geolas said. "Clemson wants to make this research facility the best in the world."

Geolas has been running Centennial Campus, a 1,334-acre research park at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. There almost a decade, he has been its director for four years, he said. Now he'll head the 400-acre ICAR site in Greenville, which could make the city a research hub for the automotive and motorsports industries.

The Clemson research park is to be developed along Interstate 85, near the intersection with Laurens Road.

Geolas said a formal press conference announcing his appointment is scheduled for Monday morning.

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