Thursday, April 14, 2011

California Stem Cell Directors to Huddle on New Chair Candidates

A key group of directors of the California stem cell agency will meet
Tuesday behind closed doors to discuss candidates to succeed Robert Klein as chairman of the $3 billion research effort.

The Governance Subcommittee has scheduled the session although it does not have any official candidates for the post. Only four state officials – the governor, treasurer, controller and lieutenant governor – can nominate candidates for the position, which could pay up to $400,000 annually for parttime work. None have done so.

The four officials have said they will not make nominations until perhaps as late as May 23.

Over the last couple of months, however, CIRM directors have indicated that they might have names that they would like to discuss, in addition to meeting with individuals to see if they have an interest in serving.

Presumably next week's meeting will take up such matters.

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