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University City Science Center’s new CEO on its next chapter, new HQ & his Safeguard departure

Michelle Caffrey
University City Science Center’s new CEO on its next chapter, new HQ & his Safeguard departure

In 1994, the University City Science Center’s then-president offered a few desks to a handful of entrepreneurs trying to get a tiny digital marketing startup off the ground. Former Safeguard Scientifics CEO Steve Zarrilli — who was the fifth employee of the startup, U.S. Interactive, before it eventually grew to employ more than 800 in the dotcom boom — started his new role at the West Philadelphia institution on Monday. Zarrilli, a Science Center board member since 2014, said he's been getting to know the staff and preparing for the position in recent weeks as he readied to move into the Science Center’s new 3675 Market St. building, a 14-story, 345,000 square-foot headquarters that also represents its changing priorities.