Chuck Hoge Resigns as NDSU Research & Technology Park Executive Director
Fargo, ND – Chuck Hoge, Executive Director of the NDSU Research & Technology Park (Park), has elected to resign effective April 15, 2019. Hoge will become the CFO for Life Action Ministries based in his hometown in Southwestern Michigan. Hoge served on the Board of Directors of the Park since its inception in 2000.
In 2013, Hoge transitioned from Board member to Executive Director. Under his leadership, Innovation Challenge, an idea competition for North Dakota State University students to vet their innovative concepts, has grown to become an outstanding program for students to learn entrepreneurial skills outside of the classroom. Additionally, the Park’s Incubator program doubled in the number of startup companies and graduated several successful companies under Hoge’s leadership.
“In the last five years, it has been so rewarding to contribute to the phenomenal growth of the startup community in Fargo and across the state and to lead the expansion of the Innovation Challenge”, stated Chuck Hoge. “Fargo has been home for 30 years. It has been a pleasure to meet and become friends with so many exceptional people and be involved in many great community organizations. I’ve become a big Bison fan and am so fortunate to be associated with NDSU through the Park for the past 18 years. It will be difficult to leave North Dakota and the people that I have grown to love, but I look forward to tending to family matters in Michigan and the opportunities at Life Action Ministries.”
The NDSU Research & Technology Park and university thank Hoge for his contributions, expertise and service. He will be missed but through his dedication and planning the Park is well positioned for continued success. The Park’s Board of Directors Search Committee is working to select the new Executive Director and ensure a smooth transition.
President Dean Bresciani noted that “Because of his personal engagement with the creation and growth of the Research & Technology Park, Chuck was able to blend his broad corporate background with the educational demands of a university affiliated economic development organization. He has executed that role with a level of expertise and passion that set a standard for those who will follow him.
The NDSU Research and Technology Park is dedicated to enhancing the investments in North Dakota State University by the citizens of North Dakota. Through partnerships with international, national, and regional centers of excellence, as well as high technology-based businesses and the research community at NDSU, we help develop technology-based businesses and broaden the economic base of North Dakota.
NDSU Research and Technology Park is a 501 c (3) non-profit corporation is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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