Rick Finholt, executive director of MU’s Missouri Research Park, received the Career Achievement Award from the Association of University Research Parks in San Antonio on Sept. 30.
Under Finholt’s direction, the Missouri Research Park became home to 15 high-tech companies and two federal agencies.
The park provides more than 2,000 jobs on campus and is home to the only research park campus championship golf course in the nation, the Missouri Bluffs Golf Club.
Finholt, 60, joined MU in 1989 to develop 750 acres of pastureland outside St. Louis into a research park.
He led the development of the 62-acre University of Missouri Technology Park at Fort Leonard Wood in 2002, the first park in the nation located on an active Army post.
Before coming to MU, Finholt was director of the research parks at the University of Florida in Gainesville and Ohio State University.
He wrote numerous articles, grant proposals and business plans in the university-related research parks field.
His working philosophy is “whatever you’re trying to sell must actually be marketable at the end of the day.”