Appendix C
North Carolina Board of Science and Technology

The North Carolina General Assembly established the North Carolina Board of Science and Technology in 1963 during Governor Sanford's administration. The board is charged with the following responsibilities:

  • To identify, and to support and foster the identification of important research needs of both public and private agencies, institutions, and organizations in North Carolina;
  • To make recommendations concerning policies, procedures, organizational structures, and financial requirements that will promote effective use of scientific and technological resources in fulfilling the research needs identified;
  • To allocate funds available to the Board to support research projects, to purchase research equipment and supplies, to construct or modify research facilities, to employ consultants, and for other purposes necessary or appropriate in discharging the duties of the Board.

A critical mission for the Board is to increase the flow of research out of universities and private companies in North Carolina and into the commercial marketplace. Building collaborative research partnerships between university researchers and private companies is a fundamental step toward commercialization of an applied research activity. The Board does not run programs but rather serves as a catalyst for projects. When a project is acceptable to the general assembly and the governor, then it is spun out of the Board either on a self-sustaining basis or for some other group to run. Currently, Governor James B. Hunt Jr. chairs the nineteen-member Board of Science and Technology. The members on the Board include individuals representing major universities, research institutions, private industry, and government.



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--> Appendix C North Carolina Board of Science and Technology The North Carolina General Assembly established the North Carolina Board of Science and Technology in 1963 during Governor Sanford's administration. The board is charged with the following responsibilities: To identify, and to support and foster the identification of important research needs of both public and private agencies, institutions, and organizations in North Carolina; To make recommendations concerning policies, procedures, organizational structures, and financial requirements that will promote effective use of scientific and technological resources in fulfilling the research needs identified; To allocate funds available to the Board to support research projects, to purchase research equipment and supplies, to construct or modify research facilities, to employ consultants, and for other purposes necessary or appropriate in discharging the duties of the Board. A critical mission for the Board is to increase the flow of research out of universities and private companies in North Carolina and into the commercial marketplace. Building collaborative research partnerships between university researchers and private companies is a fundamental step toward commercialization of an applied research activity. The Board does not run programs but rather serves as a catalyst for projects. When a project is acceptable to the general assembly and the governor, then it is spun out of the Board either on a self-sustaining basis or for some other group to run. Currently, Governor James B. Hunt Jr. chairs the nineteen-member Board of Science and Technology. The members on the Board include individuals representing major universities, research institutions, private industry, and government.

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--> 1997–1998 Membership Roster Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., Chair Office of the Governor, North Carolina Norman R. Cohen, Vice-Chair Director UNITEC Robert P. Annechiarico Director of Research Computing Department of Public Health Sciences Wake Forest University David E. Benevides Communications and Public Affairs Manager IBM James N. Brown Chief Scientist, Electronic Systems Research Triangle Institute, Retired Mary Dell Chilton Senior Staff Scientist Novartis Seeds, Inc. Katie G. Dorsett, Ex-Officio Secretary North Carolina Department of Administration Charles E. Hamner President North Carolina Biotechnology Center William R. Kress President MCNC Thomas J. Meyer Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies and Research Kenan Professor of Chemistry University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Charles G. Moreland Vice Chancellor for Research, Outreach & Extension North Carolina State University Freda Nicholson President and CEO Discovery Place, Inc. Jane Smith Patterson Senior Advisor for Science and Technology Office of the Governor, North Carolina Earnestine Psalmonds Vice Chancellor for Research North Carolina A&T State University Charles Putman Senior Vice President Research, Administration & Policy Duke University Ravindra P. Sinha Chairman Department of Geosciences Elizabeth City State University Larry W. Watson Associate Professor Mathematics and Science Education North Carolina State University John E. Weems President Meredith College