James McClurg elected chair; Charles Wilson elected vice chair of University of Nebraska Board of Regents
Lincoln, Neb. (Jan. 20, 2006) -- The University of Nebraska Board of Regents today elected James McClurg to chair the board for 2006. McClurg, who represents southeast Nebraska, was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2002. Regent Charles Wilson of Lincoln, a member of the board since 1990, was elected vice chair.

McClurg is senior vice president and chief scientific officer at MDS Pharma Services, a drug discovery and development company in Lincoln. He previously served as president and CEO of life sciences at Harris Laboratories, Inc., and has also been an instructor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

McClurg was recently named chair of BioNebraska Life Sciences Association, created in 2005 to coordinate and expand life sciences in Nebraska. He serves on the board of the Nebraska Technology Development Corporation, the President\'s Research Board, and is a trustee of the University of Nebraska Foundation. From 1989-91 he was a member of the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Post-Secondary Education.

McClurg received his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Wilson, a retired cardiologist with the Nebraska Heart Institute in Lincoln, has been a clinical professor of medicine with the University of Nebraska Medical Center since 1974. From 1984-88, he was a member of the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska and an M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School.

The Board of Regents includes eight members elected to six-year terms, and four nonvoting student regents who represent each of the four NU campuses.

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