CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two months after its director abruptly resigned, the West Virginia Regional Technology Park is advertising for replacement.
Phil Halstead, who had served as director and CEO since August 2011, resigned in February to "pursue other interests."
Last week, the Tech Park board began running ads about the position online and in regional newspapers.
"There's quite an effort going on to get the word out and receive resumes of those who may be interested in the position," said Paul Hill, chancellor of the state Higher Education Policy Commission and chairman of the Tech Park board of directors.
Dow Chemical Co. gave the Tech Park to the state in December 2010.
The policy commission accepted the park on the state's behalf and guided its progress until 2011, when a board of directors was named and Halstead was hired.
The commission still oversees the park and represents it in matters before the Legislature.
Following Halstead's departure, commission Tech Park liaison James King was named interim operations manager. He is managing the park's day-to-day operations until a permanent replacement is named.
Hill said he and the Tech Park board initially considered hiring a consulting firm to manage the search but eventually decided against that.
"That process didn't really lend itself to a firm that we felt any comfort with that could do anything that the (Tech Park) staff wasn't already capable of doing," Hill said.
According to the job description, the board is looking for a candidate with "a strong business background with emphasis on technology development in a large multi-disciplinary setting, strong verbal and leadership skills with experience and/or training in a technology field preferred."
The listing said the new director "will oversee all operations of the 258 acre, multi-tenant facility and work to promote the WVRTP with current and potential tenants, entrepreneurs, private businesses, trade groups, colleges, universities and agencies whose missions are compatible with the park's resources and mission."