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Forum staff reports, Published August 21 2012

Executive director Grindberg leaving NDSU Research Park

FARGO – The executive director of the North Dakota State University Research and Technology Park is resigning to take a job with Appareo Systems LLC.

Tony Grindberg’s resignation will be effective Sept. 30, NDSU President Dean Bresciani said Tuesday in a news release.

Grindberg, who has been with the research park for 10 years, will become business unit manager for the aerospace business unit of Appareo.

Appareo, a leading supplier of light aircraft data storage systems and general aviation radio products, has its headquarters in the NDSU Research Park on the NDSU campus.

“Tony’s leadership in bringing the Research and Technology Park forward has been exceptional,” Bresciani said in a written statement issued by NDSU announcing the change. “It is a loss for us, but we are pleased he will be joining one of our park’s success- story companies.”

“It has been an honor and privilege serving as the first executive director of the research park,” Grindberg, who also serves in the North Dakota Senate representing Fargo, said in the same NDSU release.

During Grindberg’s tenure, the research park has grown to include seven facilities with capital investment of nearly $70 million.

Nearly 900 people are employed by research park tenants.

Brenda Wyland has been named interim director of the research park while a search is conducted.

Wyland has been with the facility since 2008.

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