Governor appoints new chair of USTAR
Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 00:01
Utah Science Technology and Research, or USTAR, will have its first leadership change in June. Current chair Dinesh Patel has been in charge since the beginning of USTAR in 2006. He will be replaced by former Lt. Gov. Greg Bell.
Bell will work with Patel for the next six months until Patel’s term ends June 30.
“Every new leader will bring his or her own new experiences and insights,” said Robert Behunin, vice president for advancement and commercialization at USU. “Greg Bell has great expertise in state government, and USTAR is a unique state program.”
USTAR was created in 2006 by Utah’s state legislature to fund investments and research at the University of Utah and USU. Its objectives are to strengthen and grow existing Utah businesses, increase innovation, entrepreneurship and investment, increase national and international business and prioritize education to develop the workforce of the future.
USU has its own branch of USTAR and may see a change along with the new leadership.
“Greg understands USU as a land grant institution and will have key insights to help develop USU’s USTAR program further,” Behunin said.