CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state Higher Education Policy Commission voted Friday to negotiate a contract with a biotech business owner from Texas as the new head of the West Virginia Regional Technology Park.Rusty Kruzelock, a Penn State graduate, has a background in scientific research and business. He would will replace former executive director Phil Halstead, who resigned in February.The HEPC's search committee made the final recommendation at a meeting Friday, where the commission voted to authorize Chancellor Paul Hill to work with the Tech Park Board to negotiate a contract with Kruzelock.Kruzelock topped the HEPC's list of 39 candidates for the job.
The tech park director is an employee of the tech park corporation, but the commission is required by state law to approve the hire.The West Virginia Regional Technology Park located in South Charleston, formerly the Dow Chemical Tech Park, has recently undergone multiple renovations, and Hill is hoping for many more new businesses to fill the area under Kruzelock's leadership."Rusty has the precise kind of credentials we need at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park -- the right blend of business leadership, visionary planning and high-level scientific research experience," Hill said in a statement Friday."It speaks volumes about the park's potential that we were able to narrow in on a candidate of his caliber. We look forward to working with him in the days ahead to finalize the details as we move into a new phase at the park, focused on innovation-driven economic growth for the region and state."Reach Mackenzie Mays at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-4814.