Kevin Byrne, a 1991 Furman University alumnus and member of the Furman Board of Trustees, has received the 2019 Vision Award from the Association of University Research Parks (AURP).
Byrne, president and CEO of The University Financing Foundation (TUFF) of Atlanta, is chair of the finance committee for Furman’s board.
During AURP’s 33-year history, only six others have received the Vision Award. The award recognizes individuals who have made contributions to the community of innovation as embodied in research parks affiliated with institutions of higher education. Research parks, as defined by AURP’s website, are physical environments that attract science and technology companies in alignment with sponsoring research institutions such as universities or public, private and federal research laboratories.
While he was AURP president in 2012 and 2014, one of Byrne’s major contributions was a study commissioned to quantify the value of research communities anchored by universities. The report and a more recent study suggested that research parks with universities at their core help mitigate recessions.