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Stephen Frayser joins Association of University Research Parks board

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
October 14, 2013

Stephen Frayser

Stephen Frayser

Stephen Frayser, executive director of the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Park at Texas State University, has been elected to the Association of University Research Parks' (AURP) 2014 board of directors.

Frayser joins three other newcomers to the board. Kevin Byrne, vice president and chief operating officer of the University Financing Foundation, Inc., will serve as president of the AURP board of directors in 2014. Byrne had previously served as AURP president in 2012.

"AURP plays a vital role in fostering collaboration between the university and the private sector," Byrne said. "We have a lot of work to accomplish to expand communities of innovation around the world, and I look forward to serving the association as president of the board.”

Frayser joined Texas State in 2012 from the Nebraska Technology Park, where he served as president since 2003. In that position, he was responsible for development of the 155-acre research park and 22,000-square-foot technology business incubator. During his tenure, 2,400 jobs were created or retained, more than 300,000 square feet of new facilities were constructed and more than $68 million in new capital investments were made.

About the STAR Park

STAR Park is a 38-acre site hosting Texas State’s first incubator building, STAR One. Dedicated to the university’s research and commercialization efforts, STAR One, a 20,000-square-foot facility, will serve as a technology incubator/accelerator for start-up and early-stage businesses, and will provide companies access to secure wet labs, clean space, conference room, office space and other university-provided services.

About AURP

The Association of University Research Parks is a professional association of university related research and science parks. AURP’s mission is to foster innovation, commercialization and economic growth through university, industry and government partnerships. For more information, visit AURP’s Web site at www.aurp.net.