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Bugher retiring as head of UW-Madison's University Research Park

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A former high-ranking state official will retire this fall as the head of UW-Madison’s University Research Park.

Mark Bugher has been the executive director of the non-profit research and technology center since 1999.

The 260 acre UW Research Park has about 3,600 people working in over 125 companies.

There, businesses create partnerships with the university and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation to bring the university’s discoveries and technologies to the commercial market.

Bugher served as Wisconsin’s revenue secretary from 1988 to ’96. He was then named the state’s administration secretary, where he served until 1999.

Both times, Bugher was an appointee of former Governor Tommy Thompson.

The incoming chancellor at the UW, Rebecca Blank, is expected to name an interim director after Bugher retires. A national search will take place next year for a new permanent director.