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Power Moves: Penn has named its new president, a lawyer and a university principal who will succeed Amy Gutmann

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University of Pennsylvania appointed a new president to replace its longest-serving president, Amy Gutman.

Mr. Elizabeth Magill, a lawyer and academic in administrative and constitutional law, will succeed Gutmann as head of one of the most influential universities in the region and the country on July 1, the school announced Thursday. She is expected to be elected by the board in March. Magill is currently EVP and Provost of the University of Virginia, a role she has held since 2019. Prior to her tenure at AVU, Magill served for seven years as Dean of Stanford Law School.

“The Penn presidency is one of the most complicated and demanding in higher education, and there are very few people in the world with the skills this job requires,” Scott Bok, chairman of Penn’s board of directors, said in a statement. “But through an extensive research process informed by input from all academic constituencies, we found exactly the right person.”

Magill’s legal training began in 1995 when he was a clerk for the judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, then United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In a statement, Magill credited Ginsburg with having had a “profound impact” on his career.

Amy Gutman. (Photo via Flickr)

She said she was honored to lead the institution and succeed Gutmann, whom she called a “visionary and innovative leader.”

“Since its founding, Penn has set itself the goal of making a difference, and 282 years later, the Penn community continues to change the world every day through research, teaching, patient care and service. world-class,” Magill said in a statement. “What’s special about Penn is that it does so with an uncommon blend of pragmatism, creativity and humanity. I look forward to working with faculty, students, staff, alumni and community members to build on this inspiring legacy and shape Penn’s next great chapter. I can’t wait to get started.

In 2021, Penn also brought Erika James as dean of The Wharton School. Elsewhere in local higher education, Temple University hiring Jason Wingard as its own new president.

Stephen Tang leaves OraSure

Long time old University City Science Center leader Stephen Tang leaves his current role as CEO of a diagnostics company OraSure Technologies, end of March.

During his tenure at the Science Center, he had initiated its largest campus expansion in the organization’s history with uCity Square. And while Tang was CEO of OraSure, the company acquired four others and launched COVID-19 products, including InteliSwap quick kits.

Tang said Technically that the over-the-counter kit has awarded the company three major government contracts, including a $205 million supply contract with the Defense Logistics Agency. When he joined the company in 2018, it had sold around 70 million HIV, HCV and drug diagnostic tests over its 30-year history. Now it has the capacity to build around 70 million tests every year.

Stephen Tang

Stephan Tang. (Photo courtesy of OraSure)

Tang’s future plans include reconnecting with the business, civic, higher education, healthcare and innovation communities in Philadelphia and enjoying his time as a grandfather. He also plans to serve on the boards of for-profit and non-profit organizations and plans, with his wife Jill Chernekoff, building their own foundation.

He walks away from that most recent role with some diagnostic lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic. There is evidence that “none of us is safe until we all are,” he said.

“It means we need better connection and cooperation between local communities and global powers. Governments, businesses and non-governmental organizations need to work better together to anticipate the next pandemic,” Tang said. “This is the lesson learned from the past two years. We can no longer swing between complacency and panic as a civilization without expecting global public health to suffer. »

Erica Windisch leaves the company that bought the one she co-founded

Erica Windisch, co-founder and former CTO of IOpipe, left the company about two years after it was acquired by the West Coast-based company New relic.

Windisch and co-founder adam johnson launched cloud-focused IOpipe in 2016 and raised $2.5 million in 2017. Within a few years, IOpipe grew into a team of eight people who worked in a few US cities. The majority of the team joined New Relic, a cloud-based observability platform company, at its engineering headquarters in Portland after the acquisition in 2019.

But Windisch remained in Philadelphia and continues to live and work from her home on the Main Line. She started her new role as Developer Experience Architect at Twilio this week. It’s a fresh start, she says, after six years at IOpipe and then New Relic.

“My decision to leave wasn’t a single factor, really. When you’re one of the founders of an acquisition, the goals are to maximize the success of the acquiring business and prepare your (former) employees for success. “, she told Technical.ly. “When I joined New Relic, my own happiness was a secondary concern. Joining Twilio gives me a fresh start where I can bring value to an organization while taking care of my own interests and well-being.

Tendo expands its C suite

Healthcare software company Tendo welcomed Dr. Bala Hota to its leadership team this week as the company’s SVP and Chief Information Officer. His experience spans 25 years in healthcare and technology, particularly in building new analytics and healthcare informatics systems to improve patient care in Chicago. Rush University Medical Center and Cook County Health and Hospital System. Hota also participated in the Chicago Public Health Data Center, a technology project designed to improve public health surveillance for COVID-19, among other COVID-19-related projects over the past two years.

His appointment follows that of Dan Ballough as SVP of Engineering, Peter Thorson as SVP of Product Management, and Jeffrey K. Rohrs as Marketing Director.

“Joining Tendo is an opportunity to have an even greater impact by working across health systems to transform the care journey for more patients,” Hota said in a statement. “By working with a select set of early customers, Tendo is creating space for all of us to deeply understand the complex issues affecting the patient experience and to collaborate to better solve these challenges. We all know that the patient experience patients needs to be better, and Tendo is paving the way forward.”

The CIC hires laboratory heads

Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) welcomed two leaders to its innovation campus team, Managing Director michelle ottey and director of laboratory operations Kelly Sullivan. The pair hold doctorates. degrees and decades of combined experience in compliance, licensing and genetics at different scientific institutions in the United States. They will help expand the coworking business which will soon occupy six floors, four of which are lab spaces, from 3675 Market St.

“In light of the expansion of our lab and all that has driven it, we have been looking for leaders with the expertise to provide the level of support we demand for our customers,” said Sarah Morin, vice-president and responsible for the North American centers of CIC. “Michelle and Kelly bring a very elusive combination of research and leadership experience that uniquely qualifies them to meet the needs of scientists and other innovators. We’re especially thrilled that it’s women and to have found Michelle right here in Philadelphia.

Inside the CIC Philly coworking space. (Courtesy picture)

SBN appoints new DE

Greater Philadelphia Sustainable Business Network (SBN) announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer, Devi Ramkissoon, who has over 15 years of experience in international development, working with sustainable enterprises for economic growth and poverty reduction.

Ramkissoon will join the organization on February 2, as it continues to serve the region’s local independent business community during COVID-19, with plans to help with recovery. Ramkissoon brings her own experience as an immigrant and social entrepreneur to this role, and has won US government and private sector awards for her leadership in addressing global humanitarian crises.

“Throughout my career, I have witnessed the impact that sustainable businesses can have on poverty reduction, food security and environmental preservation. SBN puts this principle into action so that local independent businesses in the region can achieve the maximum impact not only for their own benefit, but also for the communities in which they operate and the well-being of the planet,” said Ramkissoon in a statement. . “I am thrilled to lead an organization that is on the cusp of real and lasting social, economic and environmental change. »

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