Joan V. Ruderman, president and director of the Marine Biological Laboratory, announced yesterday that she will not seek reappointment once her current term at the University of Chicago-affiliated laboratory expires in October. She agreed to stay in her position, at least through fall, during the search for a new director.
Dr. Ruderman first came to the lab as a post-doctoral researcher in 1974 when she took the MBL’s summer embryology course. She was appointed director in 2012.
“I am extremely proud of the role I have played in helping to ensure that the future of the MBL is as bright, if not brighter than its remarkable past, and look forward, with you, to watching the MBL flourish in the years to come,” Dr. Ruderman wrote recently in a letter to the MBL community.
“Joan’s relationship with and service to the MBL has been admirably long and extraordinarily devoted,” wrote University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer. He said that as leader of the lab, Dr. Ruderman “steered the MBL through a complex period into a mutually beneficial partnership with the University of Chicago.”
The search for a new director will begin immediately, Mr. Zimmer said. He said he expects to be aided in the process by a scientific advisory committee to include scientists from the MBL, university faculty, and faculty or investigators from other institutions who are familiar with MBL through its summer educational and research programs.