The seeds for the St. Louis biotech boom began as early as 1998 when St. Louis leaders recognized a perfect confluence of key ingredients for growth in plant and life sciences: the geographic location in the nation’s cropland; an abundance of scientific research institutions, including Washington University, St. Louis University and the Columbia and St. Louis campuses of the University of Missouri; and many successful scientific companies such as Monsanto, Sigma-Aldrich, Novus and Covidien.
Updated at 3:23 p.m. Mon., Feb. 17, with announcement of new SIU president. Some of the jobs came open suddenly, one at the end of a long campus standoff and still others quietly at the end of long, productive tenures, but they all have resulted in room at the top of the ivory tower:
At least four local schools – Saint Louis University, Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis Community College and the Southern Illinois University system – have vacancies in the office of their top administrator or did until Monday, when SIU named a new president.
During the State of the Union address last week, President Barack Obama called on community colleges to build stronger partnerships with local businesses. And according to St. Louis-area community college leaders, many of those initiatives are already in place on their campuses.
St. Louis Community College has a new chancellor -- Myrtle E.B. Dorsey.
The St. Louis Community College Board of Trustees announced Dorsey’s selection this morning.
Dorsey, who spent nine years as Chancellor at Baton Rouge Community College in Louisiana, will replace Zelema Harris. Harris joined St. Louis Community College in 2007 and announced her retirement earlier this year.
Dorsey will take over the position starting June 16.
According to a press release, Dorsey earned her doctorate from the University of Texas