About George

George Cianciolo with 2020 Committee MembersMy history of community participation and leadership is strong: 23 years of cumulative experience that includes three of Chapel Hill’s major advisory boards.

I have repeatedly demonstrated my ability to address major Town challenges with a fair and open mind.

My community involvement includes:

2011-2012       Chapel Hill 2020 (Co-Chair)

2009-present   President, Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation

2009-2010       CH Sustainable Community Visioning Task Force (Chair)

1999-2011       CH Community Design Commission (3 years as Chair)

2005-2011       CH Planning Board (2 years as Chair)

2006-2007       UNC Chancellor’s Leadership Advisory Committee (member)

2007-2008       Orange-Durham-Wake Special Transit Advisory Commission (Co-Chair)

2005-2006       CH Streetscape Master Plan Review Committee (Chair)

1999-2005       CH Transportation Board (2 years as Chair)

George Cianciolo at Chapel Hill 2020 MeetingMy wife Cresha and I came to the Triangle in 1978 with my newly earned PhDin Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Miami (FL).  After nine years with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Duke, I entered the emerging biotechnology industry, first with Genentech in California and then back to the Triangle with Sphinx Biotechnologies.

In 1991, I co-founded a biotechnology company, MacroNex Inc. This experience gave me valuable insight into how to fund, situate and staff a start-up business, experience that will enable me to help foster the increasingly critical entrepreneurial culture in Chapel Hill.  For the last 15 years I have been on the faculty of Duke University Medical School, where my research has focused on identifying new drugs to treat cancer and inflammation while I help to train the medical researchers and biotech entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

George and Cresha CiancioloCresha recently retired from a 29-year career at Duke as a critical care nurse and clinical trials coordinator.  She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Community Home Trust and is doing volunteer work with Duke Hospice and the Friends of the Library. We live in the Chandlers Green neighborhood with our two shelter-adopted dogs, Chloe and Leyden, and from where I enjoy exploring the North Carolina countryside by motorcycle.

George in the News:

In Store for 2013: Chapel Hill’s New Library

After a Decade, CH Opens New Public Library

As Chapel Hill Grows, Affordable Housing Dissappears

Chapel Hill Celebrates 140 West Grand Opening

WCHL Community Forum with Fred Black

CH2020 Co-Chairs Honored