Robert Templin joined the Morino Institute as a Senior Fellow in April, 1999.
At the Morino Institute he is helping explore strategies to enhance the organizational
capacity of non-profits working with at risk youth. The Morino Institute is dedicated
to achieving systemic change economic, educational, and social though the application
of new models for continuous improvement and learning enabled by the Internet. Its focus
is on netpreneurship to advance new business creation and knowledge around the Internet,
a youth development collaborative to promote the positive development of young people,
and the advancement of continuous improvement and learning models as a new problem-solving
Bob was the president of Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology from 1994 to
1999. CIT was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1984 to promote economic
growth in the Commonwealth by attracting and retaining technology-based jobs and
businesses, and by enhancing Virginia business competitiveness through technology
innovation. During his tenure at CIT the organization became a significant force
in Virginia's emergence as a technology leader.
Dr. Templin came to CIT after serving for eight years as the president of Thomas
Nelson Community College located in Hampton, Virginia. During that time, TNCC
experienced eight years of continuous enrollment growth; launched a region-wide effort
involving thousands of school children to enhance math, science, and technology
achievement; and became a national model for high skills workforce development and
training. From 1993 through 1994, he served as the president of the Virginia Association
of Colleges and Universities. In addition, Bob served in administrative and faculty
positions within the Virginia Community College System, the University of Virginia,
and at colleges and universities in Maryland, North Carolina and Kentucky.
During the past five years, Bob Templin has been recognized for his contributions in
technology, education, and economic development. His work in workforce training,
education and economic development have been featured in Virginia Business magazine,
The Washington Post, and Fortune magazine. He has been instrumental in the development
of the "Blueprint for Technology-Based Economic Growth in Virginia", a strategic plan
that outlines the steps that Virginia should take to guide the state's emergence as a
leading technology state. He is a founding board member of the Potomac KnowledgeWay and
the founding Chairman of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, which is
currently constructing a Virginia spaceport facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.
In 1997, Dr. Templin was selected by Virginia Business magazine as "Business Newsmaker
of the Year". Recently, he received the Earle C. Williams Leadership in Technology
Award from the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the Leadership Award from the
Greater Richmond Technology Council. In 1998 he was selected by Digitalsouth magazine
as one of the top 50 most influential technology leaders in the South. This year, the
Virginia Technology Alliance, representing the state's eight regional technology councils,
awarded him its first-ever Distinguished Leadership Award.