NDSU Research and Technology Park Names Executive Director

Brian Kalk

NDSU Research and Technology Park Names Executive Director

FARGO, ND, March 19, 2019– Brian Kalk has been named executive director of the NDSU Research and Technology Park.


Kalk has extensive experience in leadership, meaningful networks in North Dakota and beyond, as well as work in fundraising, and as an educator.


NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani chairs the board of the NDSU Research and Technology Park, said Kalk’s unique combination of education, experience and extensive networks throughout North Dakota made him an ideal candidate. “Brian will be able to hit the ground running and have an immediate positive impact. Business leaders will be impressed by his ideas and ability to seize on the park’s success and be the catalyst for an even brighter future.”


He earned a doctorate in Natural Resource Management and a master’s degree in environmental engineering, both from NDSU. He has more than 30 years of leadership experience in various demanding roles. As a career U.S. Marine, he advanced from a private to a major, traveled to more than 40 countries and is a combat veteran.  He won two elections to the North Dakota Public Service Commission and served from 2009 to 2017. Prior to that he was program manager for the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at NDSU, and a program manager and instructor at the University of Mary.


He will depart his current role as director of energy systems development, design and operations at the University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center on a timeline yet to be finalized.


Current executive director Chuck Hoge will depart to take a position as CFO for Life Action Ministries based in his hometown in southwestern Michigan in April.


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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If you would like more information, please contact Jan Sobolik at 701-499-3602 or email at jan@ndsuresearchpark.com.