John Hardin is the Executive Director for the North Carolina Board of Science, Technology & Innovation. The board advises and makes recommendations to state policy makers on the role of science and technology in the economic growth and development of the state. Created in 1963, the board has been responsible for a number of internationally recognized initiatives to catalyze the transformation of the North Carolina economy by leveraging research and development, science, innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology-based economic development. With respect to the board’s mission, Dr. Hardin’s duties include developing and justifying legislation; implementing policy; research, analysis, and review of substantive policy issues and proposals; preparing public policy and budget analyses; preparing and presenting high-level state policy briefings, assessments, and reports; conducting strategic planning and making recommendations; directing and overseeing strategic initiatives with impact at the state level; and, overseeing the administration of grant programs to support technology commercialization by North Carolina small businesses. From 1998 to 2003, he served as Assistant Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs at the University of North Carolina (UNC) General Administration. The division advises and assists the university president in the planning, administrative review, development, promotion, and evaluation of research and sponsored programs within the 17 UNC institutions. Dr. Hardin holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from UNC-Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Economics from Baylor University.