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Wade Fulghum

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Commercialization

Office of Research Commercialization


Wade Fulghum serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Commercialization for NC State University (2011-), leading a world-class team with a mission to facilitate the commercialization of innovative research discoveries that seek to address the world’s grandest challenges, thereby driving economic growth in North Carolina and around the world. He propels this mission forward by creating and overseeing programs aimed at discovering, validating and strengthening innovative research discoveries and teams.

Wade serves as the principal investigator and managing director for the National Science Foundations (NSF)Mid-Atlantic Hub in collaboration with 11 leading research institutions in the region, and also the NSF I-Corps Site at NC State (2017-2022). He is the co-founder and Managing Director of the Wolfpack Investor Network (WIN). serves as the Chair of the WIN Steering Committee. Previously Wade served as the Chair of the North Carolina Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC) Research Triangle Advisory Board, and the statewide SBTDC Advisory Board. Wade currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Council for Economic Development (CED) and is an honorary member of the National Academy of Inventors. Wade also serves as an Adjunct Professor for the Poole College of Management and is an NSF I-Corps Instructor. Wade was instrumental in the launch of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster, the Research Triangle AgTech Cluster, and the architect of “Ask the Pack”.

Wade received his Bachelor of Finance from the University of Florida as well as a Master of Business Administration from Hawaii Pacific University focusing on Organizational Change Management. He brings over thirty years of experience as an entrepreneur, advising companies locally and globally. Wade is a veteran of the US Army Infantry where he was awarded 3 Army Achievement Medals, 3 Army Medals of Commendation, and was selected as the 2nd Warrior Brigade, 25th Infantry Division NCO of the year. He has traveled the world as an invited panelist and speaker, and in his spare time, he loves spending time gardening, creating art projects, mountain biking, and fine cooking.