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Cali Owings, Published October 04 2013

Hoge to head NDSU Research and Technology Park

FARGO — A longtime board member of North Dakota State University’s growing Research and Technology Park will serve as its interim executive director.

Chuck Hoge, who has been involved with the Research and Technology Park for several years, has been named its interim executive director, according to a news release from the school Friday.

Established in 2001, the park is a collaboration between the school and the private sector where researchers and private tenants work to develop new technologies.

Hoge is the former president and CEO of Bobcat Co. and former CEO of Otter Tail Corp.’s manufacturing division. The previous interim director, Brenda Wyland, recently accepted a position with Appareo Systems.

His appointment comes at a time of transition for research endeavors at North Dakota State with Kelly Rusch, the new vice president for research and creative activity, at the helm this fall.

Philip Boudjouk, her predecessor, remains involved in research at the school in a new role as its director of corporate research relations. He’ll work to build relationships with corporate partners and “bring NDSU-developed technologies to the marketplace.”

To reflect these changes, the official name of NDSU’s Office of Research, Creative Activities and Technology Transfer was shortened to Office of Research and Creative Activity.

At the research park, Hoge will serve as interim executive director through a strategic planning process to determine the park’s future direction.

The park board will begin its search for an executive director once the strategic plan has been developed in early 2014.

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Cali Owings at (701) 241-5599