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Brandinger Resigns; NJ Seeks Executive Director

November 20, 1998

The long-time executive director of the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology, Jay Brandinger, recently announced his decision to resign as Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology. Consequently, the Commission is seeking an Executive Director.

The New Jersey Commission on Science & Technology is appointed by the Governor to oversee a competitive grants program of $20 million annually that spans science and technology research, technology transfer and business development.

The Executive Director serves as the Chief Executive of the Commission, overseeing a staff of seven. The Executive Director provides high-level science and technology policy input to the Governor, her Cabinet, her senior executive branch staff, legislators and the legislative committees. He/she also serves as the principal state representative to federal and interstate science and technology agencies and organizations, including the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Science and Technology Council of the States, and other interstate advisory and review bodies.

He/she participates in addressing statewide economic development issues which have a science or technology component. Past examples include defense conversion, high performance computing, and high-definition television.

The Executive Director is responsible for overall management of a $20 million annual program, and an ongoing $100 million capital support program. This requires substantial experience in management and administration of a public or private agency, business, higher education institution/agency or research group; a thorough understanding of the linkages between business location decisions, academic infrastructure, research excellence,

availability of trained work force, and pathways for technology and business development; and the ability to manage a self-initiating professional staff.

A Ph.D. in science or technology is desirable, but not a firm requirement.

Send inquiries and/or resume and a letter of interest to: Dr. Irwin Dorros, Chairman, NJ Commission on Science & Technology; P.O. Box 832; Trenton, NJ 08625-0832; Tel 609-984-1671; Fax 609-292-5920 and/or e-mail toidorros@aol.com

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