Executive Director Search: Technology Commercialization
On November 25, Vice President for Research Chris Cramer named Rick Huebsch Executive Director of University of Minnesota Technology Commercialization after a national search conducted by a University search committee and assisted by the search firm Vortechs Group. Huebsch had served as the office’s Interim Executive Director for the previous 18 months.
Huebsch takes the permanent helm of an experienced Technology Commercialization office that is recognized as a leader among its national peers. Technology Commercialization is responsible for managing the technology commercialization activities for the University of Minnesota through directing patenting, licensing, startup, and business development activities. The office facilitates the development of new products and services that benefit the public good, foster economic growth, and generate revenue to support the University’s mission.
The position profile was posted in late summer following the appointment of a search committee to inform the profile and search process. Finalists for public interviews were identified in October 2019, and three finalists were each invited to campus for stakeholder interviews and a public forum the week of November 4. Feedback from the interviews and forums were shared with Vice President Cramer. The search firm Vortechs Group has assisted the search committee with sourcing and recruiting a diverse, highly qualified candidate pool of technology commercialization leaders for this critical University of Minnesota position.
Search Committee Members
Allison Hubel, Chair
Professor, College of Science and Engineering
Fernando Bucaro, Vice Chair
Finance Director, Office of the Vice President for Research
Senior Marketing Manager, Technology Commercialization
CEO and President, Startec Investments
Associate VP and CIO, Office of Investment and Banking
Assoc Dean for Research and Policy, College of Education and Human Development
Executive Director, Natural Resources Research Institute (UMD)
Professor, Medical School