Charles Beasley Named as President and CEO of MsET

Stennis Space Center — Charles Beasley Named as President and CEO of MsET
Stennis Space Center – August 15, 2008

Charles Beasley Greg Hinkebein

The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology will have a change in leadership next month when Gulfport native Charles Beasley takes over from B. Greg Hinkebein as president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit.

“Over the last 10 years Greg and I have worked together, this company (MsET) has come a long way and has adapted to changing times very well,” said Beasley. “I credit Greg’s leadership, the staff, and our board members’ dedication in positioning MsET for continued success as a dynamic technology-based economic development company.”

“Charlie has 10 years of experience and he knows the company about as well as I do,” said Hinkebein, who lives in Madison near Jackson. “He is going to be a great asset to MsET in the next 10 years and beyond.”

The change in leadership occurs September 1.

MsET, headquartered in Building 1103 at John C. Stennis Space Center, was created in 1994 as a business incubator and technology transfer office. A joint effort of the Mississippi Development Authority, NASA and the state’s universities, MsET was designed to spawn the development of high-wage, high-skill technology jobs.

Long an advocate of science and technology-based economic development, Hinkebein was instrumental in the formation of both the Institute for Technology Development and Mississippi Technology Alliance. Hinkebein, a former court of appeals judge and legal counsel and economic development advisor to Gov. Kirk Fordice, became MsET’s president and CEO in February 1999.

In 2005 Hinkebein was awarded the NASA Public Service Medal for his role in locating the NASA Shared Services Center at SSC. He hopes to remain engaged in activities at SSC and South Mississippi during his retirement.

Beasley, who has degrees in marketing from the University of South Alabama and economic development from the University of Southern Mississippi, was hired in 1999 as MsET’s incubator manager. He was named vice president in 2003.

Beasley will oversee new efforts to train and develop the technical workforce and create a stronger working relationship with NASA. He said he wants to make MsET a “catalyst” for the growth of technology sectors outside of SSC and to forge regional alliances.

“Considering the growth and potential of Stennis Space Center and the tough but certain revival of the Coast,” said Beasley, “MsET is becoming an increasingly significant community partner that produces valuable jobs and creates opportunities to capitalize on Mississippi’s technology assets.”

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