AURP Announces 2024 Board Of Directors and Officers


AURP, a 37-year global nonprofit association representing research parks, innovation districts, technology regions and residing firms in support of the growth and development of these communities, today announces its 2024 elected Board of Directors and Officers.

AURP Board members may serve up to two consecutive three-year terms. The term for these newly elected and incumbent Board members is January 1, 2024 through December 31, 2026:

  • Keisha Demps, Interim Director of Partnerships, Centennial Campus, NC State University
  • Kate Hier, AIA, NCARB, WELL AP, Principal, Architect, Laboratory Planner, Clark & Enersen (incumbent)

"I am privileged to lead alongside these accomplished colleagues from our diverse global AURP membership," said Erin Koshut, 2023-2024 AURP President and Executive Director of Cummings Research Park in Huntsville, AL. "As AURP President, I'm committed to advancing our strategic mission, supporting science, technology parks, innovation districts and fostering community growth. With the 2024-2028 Strategic Plan established by the AURP Board of Directors, we are poised to expand our reach, enhance member offerings and elevate professional development opportunities.”

"The 2024 Board of Directors and Officers forms a dynamic community of innovation leaders, dedicated to steering the growth trajectory of our AURP network," said Vickie Palmer, AURP CEO. "With fresh collaborative strategies and enhanced member services, the AURP Board responds to the evolving needs of our membership community. These volunteer leaders actively propel the initiatives of our prominent Association, addressing member trends that fuel tech commercialization and job growth, ultimately influencing positive transformations in regions and lives."

AURP’s 2024 Officers serving on the Executive Committee comprise:

  • IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT | Leah Burton, Principal Industry Consultant for Higher Education, SAS Institute

AURP’s Board Directors continuing their leadership term through 2024 comprise:
  • Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH, Principal, Director of Life Sciences, Sterling Bay

AURP thanks outgoing Board members for their leadership and service:

About AURP:
AURP, a 37-year, not-for-profit international member-driven organization with offices in Tucson, AZ at the University of Arizona Tech Park and in the Washington, DC area at the University of Maryland Discovery District, focuses on creating communities of innovation and education for research parks both operating and planned, plus innovation districts, regional tech hubs, incubators, accelerators and the businesses that support the research park industry. AURP and its membership promote research, institute-industry relations and innovation districts to foster innovation and to facilitate the transfer of technology from such institutions to the private sector. Learn more:

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