Steve Hedrick, MATRIC President and CEO

Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center Inc. (MATRIC) has appointed Steven B. Hedrick as president and chief executive officer, effective Feb. 1, 2013. He succeeds Keith Pauley, who resigned to work in China. The selection concludes an exhaustive six month search process.

Hedrick has an extensive industry background, most recently as vice president and head of Bayer CropScience’s Institute Industrial Park, located in West Virginia. Additionally, he has held previous positions of increasing responsibility at Bayer MaterialScience and Lyondell.

“Steve brings a proven record of successful leadership in large and complex environments. We are convinced he is uniquely positioned to lead us into the future,” said MATRIC board of directors Chairman Paul Arbogast.

Hedrick currently serves on the board of directors for several organizations, including the West Virginia Manufacturers Association (WVMA), Charleston Area Alliance, Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce, and Kanawha County Metro-911. He is immediate past chair of the WVMA’s Chemical Industry Committee, which serves as West Virginia’s Chemical Industry Council.

His entry into the chemical industry followed service as an officer in the United States Army. A native of West Virginia, Hedrick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

Since June, MATRIC Chief Operating Officer Greg Clutter served as interim president and CEO. “Greg has done all that has been asked of him and more,” noted Arbogast. “We greatly appreciated his ability to manage throughout this juncture and we are delighted he is continuing as COO.”