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Board of Trustees Appoints EVP/COO

The Board of Trustees for the Salk Institute has appointed Marsha A. Chandler to the new position of Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer. The group unanimously approved the appointment at its meeting in New York City on April 26. She will join Salk on July 1.

In her role, Chandler will oversee the fiscal and administrative functions of the Institute, providing support to approximately 870 research staff and 230 administrative personnel, and overseeing fund-raising activities. The facility operates on an annual budget of more than $100 million.

"The Board of Trustees, members of the Salk community, and of course myself are very excited about Marsha joining Salk," said Irwin Jacobs, chairman of the Board of the Salk Institute. "Marsha has an ideal background for this new position, having worked closely as senior vice chancellor with two chancellors at UCSD, helping guide major expansions of the student body, faculty, and campus, and maintaining excellent relations with the community.

"At Salk, she will work closely supporting our president/CEO and the faculty in further enhancing the quality of science at Salk and helping educate and excite the general public about the rapid advances in biological sciences. Our search for a new president/CEO to replace Dr. Richard Murphy is proceeding well, with emphasis on candidates who are active scientists," he said. "The new position of EVP/COO is intended to allow the President more time for scientific work."

A native New Yorker, Chandler graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and received her doctorate from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She brings more than 20 years of successful academic leadership and management experience to Salk.

Since 1997, she has served as Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of California, San Diego, where she is the chief academic officer responsible for the policies and decisions relating to all academic programs and faculty appointments and performance.

The Senior Vice Chancellor manages the full range of fiscal and human resources within Academic Affairs. As the second-ranking executive officer on campus, she acts in overseeing the university in the Chancellor's absence and served as Acting Chancellor from 2003-'04.

Chandler holds an appointment as Professor of Political Science in the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at UCSD. In 2004-'05, she completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) in the Business School at Harvard University and also served as visiting professor at the Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership.

Prior to arriving at UCSD, she held the position of Dean of Arts and Science from 1990 to 1997 at the University of Toronto. In that role, she was responsible for 30 academic departments on two campuses. A renowned scholar of political economy and comparative public policy, Chandler is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She is the author of five books and numerous journal articles and book chapters. The University of Toronto awarded Chandler an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2003.

Currently, she chairs the Board of Directors of the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program and is a member of the Board of the San Diego Opera. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Economic Development Corporation and the La Jolla Playhouse.

While in Toronto, she was a Trustee of the Art Gallery of Ontario and Mount Sinai Hospital. She was also a member of the Advisory Committee on Federal Judicial Appointments and the Board of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.