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Jan. 10, 1997

Goldman leaves research park

Leonard Goldman resigned as director of the ISU Research Park on Jan. 1. The resignation was mutually agreed to by Goldman, Iowa State and the ISU Research Park board of directors.

The agreement stipulates that Goldman will be paid approximately $200,000 in salary and benefits to settle the terms of his contract with the university, which runs through Oct. 31, 1998. However, it includes incentives for Goldman to find other employment before that date, which would reduce the amount of the settlement.

Goldman, who has directed the research park since it was created in 1986, said, "I came to Iowa State to accomplish a series of goals and I have met or exceeded those goals in a time frame that was less than what was expected. I'm proud of my record with the research park and I hope that its progress can be accelerated."

Russ Cross, president of Norwest Bank in Ames and chairperson of the research park board of directors, said, "The ISU Research Park is one of the premier university research parks in the nation and one with an exciting future."

Currently, there are 30 businesses with more than 750 employees in the research park's Phase I development, consisting of 60 acres. Phase II development of another 80 acres has just begun.

Dave Roederer, coordinator of economic development at ISU, will serve as interim director of the research park. A national search for a permanent director will begin soon.

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