The Association of University Research Parks (AURP) announced the 2018 Awards of Excellence recipients during the Annual International Conference hosted by the University of Maryland’s Discovery District in College Park, Maryland. The most prestigious individual award, recognizing a lifetime of service to the mission and purpose of university research parks, was bestowed upon TUFF Co-Founder and current Board Vice Chairman, Tom Hall. Presenting the award to Mr. Hall was Research Triangle Park (RTP) Chief Executive Officer, Scott Levitan. Established in 1982, TUFF was created by Mr. Hall with the goal of assisting colleges and universities in acquiring mission critical facilities and equipment through third-party tax-exempt bond financing. Since its founding, TUFF has built on its strong non-profit heritage completing 45 facility financings totaling $1.32 billion. TUFF was pleased and proud to join the crowd of more than 200 AURP conference attendees in recognizing Mr. Hall’s years of leadership in service to universities across the country.