Executive Director, External Engagement & Support
External Engagement & Support
Phone Number (334) 844-6140
Bill Dean, a veteran research park and financial executive with more than three decades of experience in developing innovative ideas for research parks, life science parks and biotech incubators, joined Auburn University in April 2020 as the executive director of the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation. Dean is a past president of the Association of University Research Parks, former director of both Cummings Research Park in Huntsville, Alabama (the nation’s second largest research park), and the biotech-focused, Piedmont Triad Research Park (Innovation Quarter) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and was the first chairman of the North Carolina Research Parks Network.
A graduate of the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in banking and finance, Dean is also an alumnus of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. Among his many honors, he is the recipient of the Triad Region Biotech Community Leadership Excellence Award from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, as well as the Career Achievement Award of Excellence from the Association of University Research Parks.