LC Bulletin: Boberg builds bridges

July 5, 2013. Retrieved online July 8, 2013 from Alta LeCompte, Las Cruces Bulletin

New VP takes on statewide economic development

Kevin Boberg, director and CEO of New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center, has been appointed as NMSU’s interim vice president for economic development. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Kevin Boberg, director and CEO of New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center, has been appointed as NMSU’s interim vice president for economic development. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Kevin Boberg, CEO of Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University be­came the university’s interim vice president for economic develop­ment on Monday, July 1.

The university’s new president, Garrey Carruthers, appointed Boberg to fill a role Carruthers him­self played while he was dean of the College of Business.

Creating a separate position of vice president for economic devel­opment has, however, been in the works for several years.

Carruthers praised Boberg’s success with Arrowhead Center, one aspect of the univer­sity’s economic development efforts.

The center’s mission is “to build an innova­tion-based, high-growth economy by harness­ing the intellectual capital of New Mexicans and channeling their entrepreneurial spirit.” Its components include a tech­nology incubator and enterprise research for startups, a student business incubator, a proof of con­cept program for students and fac­ulty and the 215-acre Arrowhead Business and Research Park. “When I came to NMSU 10 years ago, the university was not fully en­gaged in economic development,” Carruthers said. “Today, through the development of the Arrowhead Center, NMSU is leading efforts to facilitate economic development throughout the state.”

“Research Park had one building and one cul-de-sac before the university leased it to Arrowhead Research Center Inc.,” Boberg said. “Forty million dollars has been invested there since, mostly from out of state capital, and it now has three buildings.”

About three years ago, the center developed a proof of concept model for rapid technol­ogy transfer based on “market pull rather than technology push.”

“Arrowhead pivoted dramatically when it adopted a proof of concept model,” Boberg said. “It was a radical change.”

Proof of concept projects explore a technol­ogy’s commercial potential early in its develop­ment in order to launch it more rapidly.

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