The Research Triangle Foundation, the not-for-profit that manages Research Triangle Park, has named Scott Levitan as its new chief executive.
Levitan will be the ninth CEO in the organizations 59-year history replacing Liz Rooks, who took the helm of RTF in October after former president and CEO Bob Geolas unexpectedly resigned last year.
Levitan who holds as masters degree in urban design from Harvard University was most recently vice president of Forest City Realty Trust, a real estate investment trust, as well as development director for the Science and Technology Park at Johns Hopkins University.
The appointment of a new leader at RTF comes as the organization navigates the mixed-use redevelopment of Park Center, an aging office park at N.C. 54 and Davis Drive that the foundation took over. That project was originally spearheaded by Geolas, who left the organization last September.
The $50 million first phase of redeveloping that property calls for the construction of public spaces including a dog park, a sculpture garden and a 5,000-seat amphitheater. The development could also eventually contain hotels, a co-working space and two residential blocks, which will include workforce housing.
The project is meant to transform the 7,000-acre ...