AURP Leadership

AURP Announces New CEO

AURP is pleased to announce Carol Stewart has been named its Chief Executive Officer. Carol is an experienced research park leader with a more than 25-year career serving the academic/not-for-profit sector, as well as the high-tech industry in Waterloo region located in Ontario, Canada. She is the Co-Founder and Immediate Past-President of AURP Canada (the association’s Canadian chapter) and has been an active board member of AURP since 2010. Read more.

AURP Staff


        Carol Stewart, Chief Executive Officer


Vickie Palmer, Director of Operations & Events


         Vanessa Towle, Membership and Billing


2017 Executive Committee & Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Mason Ailstock, President
Vice President of Operations, The University Financing Foundation, Inc.
Atlanta, Georgia

Jeanne Mell, Vice President
Vice President, Marketing Communications and Community Engagement, The University City Science Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ken M. Marcus, MBA, Treasurer
Director, University of Arizona Science and Technology Park; Chief Financial Officer, Tech Parks Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 

Stephen Frayser, MBA, MPA, Secretary
Executive Director, Science Technology Advanced Research (STAR) Park, Texas State University
San Marcos, Texas 

Aaron MiscenichAt Large
President & Chief Executive Officer, New Orleans BioInnovation Center, Inc.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Leah BurtonAt Large
Director of Centennial Campus Partnership Office and Industry Alliances, NC State University
Raleigh, North Carolina

Charles F. D’Agostino, MBA, Immediate Past President
Executive Director, LSU Innovation Park and Louisiana Business & Technology Center, Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Board of Directors

Jim Currie, MBA
Principal, JSCurrie, LLC; Manager, Training and Testing, University of Akron
Delaware, Ohio

Laura Frerichs
Director, University of Illinois Research Park and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Economic Development
Champaign, Illinois

Denis Gauvreau, PhD, Director of International Affairs, Genopole
Evry Cedex, France

Tiffany Griego, MBA
Managing Director of Asset Management, Stanford Real Estate, Stanford Research Park
Palo Alto, California

Greg King, CEcD
Associate Vice President for Economic Development, Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia

Cameron J. McCoy, PhD (ABD)
Associate Vice President for Economic Engagement, Lehigh University
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Gregory S. Napier, RLA, LEED AP BD+C
Director, Purdue Research Park and Purdue Research Foundation’s Physical Facilities
West Lafayette, Indiana

Larry Shaw
Chief Executive Officer, Knowledge Park, Inc. & Ignite Fredericton
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Patrick Whalen
Director, Niagara Global Tourism Institute
Niagara Falls, New York


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