As Executive Director of SCRA, Bob leads an organization that fuels South Carolina’s innovation economy by accelerating technology-enabled growth of academia, entrepreneurship, and industry. The organization’s impact on the state’s economy exceeded $1 billion in FY 2021.
Prior to joining SCRA, he worked in various executive roles with Battelle Memorial Institute and affiliated companies. Bob most recently was the Managing Director of Battelle’s subsidiary, 360ip, an international investment, fund management, and commercialization company. Previous assignments included Vice President of Technology Commercialization and Vice President of Environmental Science and Technology at Battelle as well as Director of Technology Commercialization at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He began his career with the federal government, holding management positions at the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
His current Board participation includes Central SC Alliance, Charleston Regional Development Alliance, SCBIO, SC EPSCoR, SC Council on Economic Education, and South Carolina Research Foundation.
Bob holds a bachelor’s degree (Phi Beta Kappa) from Rutgers University and a master’s degree (Exxon Graduate Fellow) from George Washington University. He also completed the Executive Management Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is a Certified Licensing Executive.