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Sarasota News Leader February 22, 2013 Page 87 MOTE���S MAHADEVAN ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT Dr. Kumar Mahadevan , president and CEO of Mote Marine Laboratory, will move to president emeritus status in May after 27 years of leadership, Mote has announced. ���Kumar���s tenure at Mote has been transformative,��� says Bob Carter, chairman of the board of trustees, in the release. ���Under his leadership, Mote has grown from a small research group to a full-fledged scientific laboratory Mahadevan will continue to work for Mote ���as with a reputation for excellence ��� not just a strong advocate and ambassador in the role here locally or in Florida, but nationally and of President Emeritus for at least the next two internationally as well,��� he adds in the release. years to enable a smooth transition to new leadership,��� a news release says. ���He will as- ���Mote has also gained a public aquarium that sist the new CEO in promoting and developing today is one of the region���s most popular atsupport for Mote���s world-class research and tractions,��� Carter continues in the release. ���We are deeply appreciative of his contribueducation programs,��� the release adds. tions and excited that he will continue to supAt the strong recommendation of Mahadevan, port Mote as the national scientific treasure Mote���s Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Mi- that it has become.��� chael Crosby, the Lab���s senior vice president for research, to president and CEO, the re- Crosby joined Mote in 2010, when he was aplease notes. These changes will become offi- pointed to lead the Lab���s scientific endeavors, cial May 16, following Mote���s annual board of the release notes. He previously was associate vice president for research and economic trustees meeting, it adds. development at George Mason University and Mahadevan said assuming non-operational du- vice chancellor for research at the University ties will allow him to spend more time with his of Hawai���i-Hilo, the release points out. family, the release notes. ���I���ve been thinking about slowing down for several years now,��� In his three years at Mote, Crosby has helped he says in the release. ���My wife and I would develop the Lab���s current guiding document like to travel. We have grandchildren that we ��� the 2020 Vision and Strategic Plan [view it online at]; developed want to spend time with ��� it���s time.��� the Mote Marine Laboratory Postdoctoral FelMahadevan joined Mote in 1978 as a senior lowship Program, which provides support and scientist; he has served as CEO since 1986. He mentorship for recent doctoral graduates; and has been the longest-serving leader in the or- is working on several international initiatives ganization���s 58-year history, the release points expanding Mote���s marine science leadership worldwide, the release says. out. Press Releases & News Tips

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