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The University of Arizona announced today that Carol Stewart, a long-standing authority on research parks, has been appointed to lead the UA Tech Parks. In her new role as associate vice president for Tech Parks Arizona, Stewart will be charged with overseeing the UA Tech Park at Rita Road, developing the UA Tech Park at The Bridges, and elevating the Arizona Center for Innovation, the business incubator at the Rita Road park.
Stewart’s expertise in university research parks spans decades and nations. She has more than 20 years of experience working with research parks, technology commercialization, business incubation, governmental relations and business development. Previously, Stewart served as CEO of the Association of University Research Parks, which represents 200 research parks worldwide. In this role, she collaborated with leaders to build and grow university-related research parks through education, unification and collaboration.
Her achievements include co-founding the Canadian chapter of the Association of University Research Parks, leading the marketing efforts and launching the professional services division of Maplesoft, a global spinoff company from the University of Waterloo, and enhancing the entrepreneurial culture of Canada at the Canadian Industrial Innovation Centre. Stewart also was founding director of the David Johnston Research + Technology Park at the University of Waterloo, which was named Canada’s most innovative university for 26 consecutive years by Maclean’s, a Canadian news magazine.
As a pioneer in the research parks world, Stewart has created national and international networks, built technology clusters, engaged stakeholders, and assisted countries with the development of national science and technology policies.
In her new role, Stewart will continue to advance the mission of the Association of University Research Parks by fostering innovation, commercialization and economic growth in a global economy through university, industry and government partnerships for the benefit of the UA. Stewart’s appointment is effective immediately. She succeeds Bruce Wright, who recently retired and developed the UA Tech Parks.