Former three-term state legislator Mike Wilkins brings a strong record of public service to the Biotechnology Center as senior vice president of statewide operations and economic development.
Wilkins, former senior policy advisor to North Carolina House Speaker Joe Hackney, leads a division whose objectives include fostering the creation and growth of biotechnology companies, business development and new job opportunities throughout the state.
Wilkins oversees the Biotechnology Center's five regional offices, five regional biotechnology advisory committees and worldwide economic development activities.
Public Service Background
The Roxboro native was first elected in 1992 and served three consecutive terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives in representing House District 22. He resigned from his seat in 1997 to become the assistant secretary of Commerce for Economic Development.
He had also served as the Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the state House of Representatives and as a member of the state's Utilities Commission.
Previously he was founder and chief operating officer of Convenience Corner Inc., a Roxboro company with real estate, restaurants, convenience stores and car washes in Central North Carolina.
Wilkins has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and served four years as a captain in the U.S. Air Force.