Wednesday, June 22, 2011

CIRM Directors Start Chair Election Meeting

SAN DIEGO -- Directors of the California stem cell agency began their meeting this afternoon with a discussion of a $47 million extension of a training program. The meeting is well-attended by board members but probably has less than 10 members of the public in attendance. I chatted briefly with Jonathan Thomas, a candidate for the position of chair, briefly prior to the beginning of the meeting. He said the California Stem Cell Report has not reported his position accurately concerning the responsibilities of the chair and the president. We have described the structure as a dual executive with overlapping responsibilities for the chair and president and said that Thomas supports that sort of arrangement. We did not have time to cover the subject properly before the start of the meeting.  Thomas said he will address the structure in his presentation to the board later this afternoon or evening.

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