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BioRegion Newsmakers: Apr 17, 2009


CalState-Monterey Bay VP Named New President and CEO of Arizona’s Flinn Foundation

Jack Jewett, vice president for university advancement at California State University-Monterey Bay, has been appointed to succeed John Murphy as president and CEO of the Flinn Foundation, effective in June. Murphy is retiring after holding the position since 1981.

At CalState-Monterey Bay, Jewett oversees fundraising, public and media relations, strategic communications, alumni and government relations, and special events. Jewett’s appointment – which followed a six-month national search — marks his return to Arizona after two years that followed a more-than-40-year career as a leader in Arizona’s business, government, and nonprofit leadership roles.

Jewett is a former president of the Arizona Board of Regents, and a five-term member of that state’s House of Representatives. Jewett also held senior public policy and government relations positions with Tucson (Ariz.) Medical Center for 13 years. He previously had served as director of corporate communications for Intergroup, an HMO, and president of Territorial Newspapers, a family-owned publishing and printing company in Tucson.

A University of Arizona alumnus, Jewett served on the Arizona Board of Regents from 1998 to 2006, appointed by Gov. Jane Hull and reappointed by Gov. Janet Napolitano. He served in the Arizona House from 1983 to 1992, the final two years as majority whip.

Jewett currently serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, as well as the Tucson-based Thomas R. Brown Foundations. Previously, in Arizona, he was a member of the Governor’s Council on Workforce Policy, the Governor’s P-20 Council, and the Early Childhood Development and Health Board. He is a former United Way of Greater Tucson board member and campaign chair, and has served on numerous additional councils, committees, and advisory groups in education, health care, workforce policy, and other areas.

Murphy became the Flinn foundation’s first full-time staff member in 1981, when founder Robert Flinn served as board chair. Under Murphy, the foundation initiated grant programs to advance health care and social services in Arizona, constructed its own offices and conference facilities in Phoenix in 2000, and two years later began to help build the state’s life sciences industry by sponsoring the annual Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap series of policy plans. The foundation’s assets grew from less than $2 million when Murphy took office, to more than $215 million in 2007.

The Foundation retained the executive search firm Spencer Stuart in November, soon after Murphy announced his plans to retire. Spencer Stuart worked with a search committee consisting of foundation board members, chaired by Linda Blessing, interim chair of Arizona’s Department of Economic Security, and a retired chair of the state Board of Regents.

Assistant AG Steve Silverman Named Economic Development Chief for Maryland’s Montgomery County

Steve Silverman, an assistant Maryland attorney general and former Montgomery County, Md., councilman, has been named the county’s director of economic development by County Executive Isiah (Ike) Leggett – who defeated him in 2006 to win the Democratic nomination for Montgomery’s top elected post.

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Leggett cited Silverman’s past experience overseeing economic development issues for the nine-member council – which has final say on the appointment — as a factor in the appointment, announced April 7. Silverman’s department operates this year on a $12 million budget.

Silverman succeeds Pradeep Ganguly, who “mutually agreed” with county officials to leave office on March 16 after the county launched an investigation into the propriety of a $25,000 county loan his department gave to WeddingWire, a Bethesda, Md., tech startup where his son serves as chief marketing officer [BRN, March 30]. Ganguly has denied any wrongdoing, and his duties have been carried out in the interim by the department’s chief of staff, Tina Benjamin.

“He knows where we’ve been, where we are, and — most importantly — where we need to go,” Leggett said in his announcement, which, according to the Washington Business Journal, was attended by about 30 county employees.

Leggett and Silverman used the occasion to warn that the new director’s arrival will not automatically turn around the county’s efforts to attract and retain major employers – which have fallen short in recent months as Hilton Hotels and Banner Life Insurance chose other suburbs of Washington, DC, for their expansions [BRN, March 30].

“An economic development director, however talented, cannot turn around the economic crisis. It also does not come with a cape and superpowers,” Leggett said.

Said Silverman: “While we will always look to hit the home run, we can always score a lot of runs with singles and doubles.”

Silverman was elected as an at-large member of the Montgomery County Council in 1998 and served as council president in 2002 and 2004. In 2004, he helped co-author a $7.5 million package of transportation improvements that included plans to purchase more buses and speed up planning for county roads. Before his election to the council, he was chairman of the Silver Spring (Md.) Chamber of Commerce, and also co-chaired the Silver Spring Redevelopment Steering Committee, playing a role in efforts to revitalize Silver Spring.

EMD Serono's Fereydoun Firouz Wins Mass. Biotech Council’s 2009 Innovative Leadership Award

Fereydoun Firouz, president and CEO of EMD Serono, received the first-ever award Massachusetts Biotechnology Council Innovative Leadership Award during the 2009 MBC Annual Meeting, held April 14 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.

The award was created to recognize an individual deemed to have contributed significantly to the growth and success of biotechnology in Massachusetts.

Under Firouz, EMD Serono has joined with the biotech council in a campaign designed to promote the role biotechnology plays in the state and region to the general public, as well as the industry’s mission of addressing unmet medical needs worldwide. EMD Serono was also one of the first organizations to support the MBC and American Cancer Society's Cancer Research Challenge, aimed at increasing funding for cancer research fellows in Massachusetts.

WashU in St. Louis Names Bank of America SVP Ass’t Vice Chancellor for Real Estate

Mary Campbell, senior vice president for Bank of America, has been named assistant vice chancellor for real estate at Washington University in St. Louis, responsible for the management of all aspects of the university's off-campus real estate activities. Her appointment took effect April 13.

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Campbell’s duties will include directing WashU's Quadrangle Management and Quadrangle Housing companies, planning for the future growth of the university’s campuses, developing initiatives and policies to align Quadrangle holdings with WashU sustainability standards, and planing and implementing strategies that will further refine and develop the university's residential and commercial portfolios.

Most recently, Campbell was the central region division executive for commercial real estate banking at Bank of America, managing a team charged with helping developers create affordable housing. The division offered about $400 million in community development financing in 2008.

As a manager of community development equity from 2003 to 2007, Campbell invested approximately $85 million in bank capital each year in real-estate-based private equity funds and joint ventures nationwide. She also managed a team that invested approximately $400 million in properties eligible for Historic Tax Credits and New Market Tax Credits — including the Center of Research, Technology & Entrepreneurial Exchange, or CORTEX, a collaboration between WashU and other organizations to develop St. Louis as a biotechnology center.

From 2000 to 2003, Campbell was the market executive for community development banking, managing a team that originated and managed loans and investments in the six-state Midwest region. From 1997 to 2000, Campbell worked as an investment manager for Banc of America CDC, which invested more than $70 million to acquire or develop housing and commercial space in Missouri.

Before joining Bank of America in 1997, Campbell held policy and administrative jobs for St. Louis City and County, including director of the County Office of Community Development from 1992 to 1997; director of neighborhood development for the St. Louis Community Development Agency from 1987 to 1992; and executive director of the not-for-profit group Operation Impact from 1984 to 1987.

Campbell earned a BA in English literature from Kenyon College, graduating with honors in 1981. In 1984, she earned a law degree at Washington University. In 1998, she was a Danforth Foundation Fellow for State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Campbell is a member of the Bar Association of Missouri and the Urban Land Institute's national Responsible Property Investment Council. She also is vice president of the Saint Louis Zoo Association and president of the Saint Louis Zoo Friends, and is a member of the board of directors for the Regional Housing Community Development Alliance and the Grand Center, a nonprofit that operates St. Louis’ arts and entertainment district.

Tech Council of Maryland Retains Search Firm to Identify Successor to Julie Coons

The Tech Council of Maryland has retained the global firm Heidrick & Struggles in its search for a successor to former CEO Julie Coons, who resigned last November to become the president and chief executive officer of the Electronic Retailing Association in Arlington, Va. [BRN, Nov. 3, 2008].

Tech Council Chairman Edward Rudnic confirmed to Maryland Community Newspapers that Heidrick & Struggles will review the 30 candidates who have expressed to the 500-member council their interest in the position, as well as examine other possible successors to Coons.

"I've always said that the idea was to have someone identified and on board by midyear," Rudnic told the newspaper group.

The Scan

Harvard Team Report One-Time Base Editing Treatment for Motor Neuron Disease in Mice

A base-editing approach restored SMN levels and improved motor function in a mouse model of spinal muscular atrophy, a new Science paper reports.

International Team Examines History of North American Horses

Genetic and other analyses presented in Science find that horses spread to the northern Rockies and Great Plains by the first half of the 17th century.

New Study Examines Genetic Dominance Within UK Biobank

Researchers analyze instances of genetic dominance within UK Biobank data, as they report in Science.

Cell Signaling Pathway Identified as Metastasis Suppressor

A new study in Nature homes in on the STING pathway as a suppressor of metastasis in a mouse model of lung cancer.