Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tech Park chair Mary Good to step down

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 10:33 AM

click to enlarge Dr. Mary Good to step down as tech park board chair. - BRIAN CHILSON
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  • Dr. Mary Good to step down as tech park board chair.
Dr. Mary Good, who has been the chair of the Little Rock Technology Park Authority board since its formation as a nonprofit in 2011, informed UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson in a letter Jan. 20 that she will step down March 15, it was announced at Wednesday's tech park board meeting. She said she would stay longer, if needed, until her replacement is named.

Good, 84, was the founding dean of the George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology at UALR. Her honors include her election as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Vannevar Bush Award of the National Science Foundation, the National Science Foundation Distinguished Service medal, the American Chemcial Society's Priestly Medal and the Heinz Award and many other awards.

Good, fellow board member Dickson Flake and former board member Bob Johnson were outvoted in their efforts to locate the tech park on the property where Sears is located. They were convinced the technology park needed to be a campus-style park near sponsors UALR and UAMS. However, since the decision to move downtown was made (board members Jay Chesshir, Tom Butler, C.J. Duvall and Kevin Zaffaroni voted for a downtown site), Good has been an enthusiastic proponent of plans, which include the purchase of properties on the east and west side of the 400 block of Main Street. 

Yesterday, Tech Park Executive Director Brent Birch announced that he and Flake are negotiating the purchase of the KATV, Ch. 7, building (the historic Worthen Bank Building) at Fourth and Main, Arkansas Business reported. John Flake, Dickson Flake's brother, is representing Flake & Kelley realtors in the deal. 

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