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UNCG will be a player in Triad 

Linda P. Brady, 60, replaces Patricia Sullivan as chancellor of UNC Greensboro this month. For the past two years, she’s been senior vice president and provost at the University of Oregon. Before that, she was dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at N.C. State University for five years. The New York native has three degrees in political science — a bachelor’s and a master’s from Rutgers University and a doctorate from Ohio State University.

What do you plan to use from your five years at N.C. State? The university built strong relationships with SAS Institute and other businesses in the Research Triangle. I look forward to learning what some of those same partnerships could be in the Triad and applying some of those lessons.

What role should UNCG play in economic development? Brady: Research universities can work with the private sector to develop new products and businesses, which create jobs and transfer economic capital to the community.

How do you plan to do this? UNCG is building a research university in a way that allows it to remain student-centered, maintaining its focus on undergraduate education. I’m looking forward to working with Chancellor Stanley Battle at N.C. A&T State University. The combination of our programs with theirs — the partnership for the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering and Gateway University Research Park — should produce great results.

Is it hard to work with another university? The challenge in building a joint school is to ensure that all the parties believe they are making an equal effort and that there is appropriate recognition for both. But it can be done. I was at N.C. State when the biomedical engineering program was developed between it and UNC Chapel Hill and at Georgia Tech when it developed programs with Emory University.

What will Gateway mean to the Triad?What is exciting about the park is the synergy it provides in the co-location of academic programs and industry. That facilitates the flow of research. N.C. State’s Centennial Campus is an example of that model that has worked extremely well.

 

What are UNCG’s research strengths? UNCG has strong programs in health and human performance, as well as an excellent nursing program. And, of course, the nanosciences. We are talking about the potential for expansion into pharmacy. That will involve a conversation with other institutions in the university system.

Two’s company

Is there room for two aerotropolises in one state? Henry Isaacson, chairman of the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority, says there is. State leaders have been trying for more than a decade to build an aerotropolis — an airport ringed by manufacturing and other travel-dependent businesses — in Kinston. It’s called the North Carolina Global TransPark. John Kasarda, a UNC Chapel Hill professor, says Piedmont Triad International Airport, near Greensboro, will become an aerotropolis when FedEx opens a sorting hub there next year. Isaacson says it already feels some lift from FedEx. “I’m not concerned about the TransPark taking anything away from us.”

HIGH POINT — St. Louis-based Furniture Brands International plans to close its Henredon and Drexel Heritage plant here by 2009, idling about 300. City officials blamed the shifting of work to countries with cheaper labor.

GREENSBORO — John Cawthron, 65, resigned as chairman and CEO of TIMCO Aviation Services, which employs about 1,600 here repairing and overhauling airplanes. It says Cawthron wants to spend more time with his family and pursue other interests. Ron Utecht, 64, president and chief operating officer, and Kevin Carter, 36, chief financial officer, were named co-chief executives

HIGH POINT — Beginning next spring, the High Point Market will operate Saturday through Thursday instead of Monday through Sunday. Officials say the change in the twice-a-year furniture show is intended to accommodate buyers.

HIGH POINTThomas Built Buses laid off about 190 of its nearly 1,600 employees here. It blamed slow sales.

ELKINFibrowatt, which burns poultry waste to produce electricity, will spend $140 million to build a second plant in North Carolina. It hopes to begin production in 2011 and employ about 80. The Langhorne, Pa.-based company also plans a plant in Sampson County.

GREENSBORON.C. A&T State University and UNC Greensboro hired James G. Ryan, 53, as the first dean of their Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. Ryan was a nanotechnology researcher at State University of New York at Albany.

GREENSBORO — Apparel maker VF bought a third of Los Angeles-based Mo Industries, a marketer of women’s sportswear. Terms of the deal, which includes an option to buy the other shares next year, were not disclosed.

GREENSBOROSouth Atlantic Bonded Warehouse cut 87 jobs here at a warehouse this month. The company recently lost a contract with a nearby Procter & Gamble plant. The company still hauls products for P&G, and its parent, South Atlantic Cos., continues to grow.