The Research Triangle Foundation has handed its leadership reins to Bob Geolas, a Clemson University official and the former coordinator of N.C. State University's Centennial Campus.
Today the nonprofit organization, which operates the 7,000-acre Research Triangle Park, named Geolas president and CEO. RTP is home to more than 170 companies and 38,000 full-time workers and has been a key economic engine for the region for decades.
The foundation lured Geolas back to the Triangle from Clemson's International Center for Automotive Research, which he joined as executive director in its infancy in 2004.
Under his watch ICAR attracted nearly $250 million in investments and $500 million in development and created 2,300 new jobs, according to the foundation.
Geolas succeeds Rick Weddle, who resigned in February to become CEO of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission.