About the Vice President

Rob Behunin, USU vice president for commercialization and regional development

Robert T Behunin, born in California and raised in Cedar City, completed his undergraduate work at Southern Utah University and obtained a doctorate degree in medieval and renaissance literature. Ever the Renaissance man, Behunin has seen much and done much: teaching, administration, fundraising and business development. He brings his familiarity of the academy and the private sector to the very unique world of commercialization.

After a nine year stint at Southern Utah University, Behunin accepted a post at Utah State University’s Uintah Basin Campus. During his eight years in the Uintah Basin (2003 to 2011), Behunin served as associate executive director and as special assistant to the president. During this period Behunin worked with community leaders, business, industry, private donors to secure investment of $100 million for expansion of infrastructure and programs at the Uintah Basin Campus.

Since 2008, Behunin has cultivated $6M of investment into technology commercialization at USU, played a central role in bringing together the team and technology for Purestream, a company that cleans wasterwater at well sites, and has helped to spin-out other USU companies.

At present, Behunin continues to be called upon to participate in a variety of state and regional activities:

  • Member, Governor Herbert’s Energy Task Force
  • Member, Governor Herbert’s Economic Development Council
  • Trustee, Utah Technology Council
  • Trustee, Ashley Regional Medical Center
  • Trustee, Utah State University Research Foundation
  • Judicial Conduct Commissioner, State of Utah