Halstead thanked Hill, chairman of the tech park corporation's board of directors, and the board's members, in the release. In return, Hill thanked Halstead for his "dedicated service."
"His tenure has been marked by significant achievements including the establishment of an operational structure as well as the beginning stages of renovation and redevelopment efforts, which remain ongoing," Hill said in the release.
Since Halstead has served as CEO and executive officer, a number of buildings at the tech park have been renovated and occupied with businesses, including MATRIC and the Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College.
The college opened Aug. 15 in Building 2000 at the tech park. The X-shaped building that once housed Union Carbide scientists and engineers had $26 million in renovations to become a regional education and research center.
Halstead told the Gazette last month, "At the height of Union Carbide there were between 3,000 and 4,000 employees and now we have 2,500 people utilizing tech park buildings."
Employment at the tech park increased more than 13 percent last year. There are now more than 678 employees, compared to 597 at the end of 2011 on campus and 550 employees at the end of 2010, Halstead said in January.
Despite its first CEO leaving, Hill said the tech park has big plans going forward.
"At this time, the tech park is entering a new phase to diversify the tenant base with a focus on the recruitment of business and industry that will advance the research and development capabilities of the tech park, the Kanawha Valley, and the state of West Virginia," Hill said, "ultimately creating new jobs through innovation, high-tech, high-wage industries that hold great promise for the state's economy."
Halstead came to South Charleston from Tallahassee, Fla., where he directed Florida LambdaRail, a nonprofit group that links public and private universities with a high-speed fiber optic network. He's also served as the vice president of Piedmont Triad Partnership in North Carolina and director of the Kansas Polymer Research Center in Pittsburg, Kan.
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