John Hardin

Executive Director, North Carolina Board of Science, Technology & Innovation

John Hardin is the Executive Director for the North Carolina Board of Science, Technology & Innovation, which is staffed by Office of Science, Technology & Innovation in the North Carolina Department of Commerce. The Board advises and makes recommendations to the North Carolina governor, General Assembly, secretary of Commerce, and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina on the role of science, technology and innovation in the economic growth and development of the state 

Hardin’s duties include developing and justifying legislation related to defining statewide research capacity and structure; implementing science, technology and innovation-related economic development policy and resource allocations; 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 to policy makers and external constituencies; conducting strategic planning and making recommendations for technology-based economic development; 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. Since 1998, he has taught as a visiting lecturer in the Departments of Public Policy and Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill.

A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Hardin holds the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from UNC-Chapel Hill, a B.A. in economics from Baylor University, and a certificate of completion from the Leadership Decision Making program, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. He and his wife Jane live in Durham and have two daughters who are recent college graduates.