Leadership changes have swept through the Murdock Institute, a cornerstone of the North Carolina Research Campus, in Kannapolis.

Former NCSU Chancellor James Oblinger has resigned as president of the Institute, according to The Salisbury Post.

The Institute’s director of business development, who also was the former president, also has quit.

Benjamin Machon has been named interim director of business development. He replaces Michael Luther, who stepped down as president in 2011 and took the business development job. He recently left Kannapolis to go to work for a biotech firm, The Salisbury Post said.

Oblinger replaced Luther in the president position. He quit in July, the newspaper says in a story first reported Aug. 14.

Machon joined the institute as life science business development manager in April. He most recently worked for BRT Laboratories.

Oblinger led NCSU as chancellor from 2004-2009. He resigned in the wake of the controversy surrounding the hiring of Mary Easley, wife of former N.C. Governor Mike Easley.