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David Woodland steps down as CEO of Trudeau Institute

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Less than a month after he committed publicly to stay on with Saranac Lake biomedical research center the Trudeau institute, Chief Executive Officer David Woodland has announced he'll step down.

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Speaking to North Country Public Radio’s Brian Mann in June, Woodland had said he had no plans to leave the Trudeau Institute: "I’m headhunted all the time, but at the moment my commitment is 100% to the Trudeau institute."

Woodland announced Friday he’d accepted another position with a Colorado Research firm.

Woodland isn’t the only one leaving the institute. The Adirondack Daily enterprise reports Trudeau’s chief scientific officer Ed Pearce has resigned as well.

Woodland’s announcement comes after a controversy that began last winter when Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau disclosed Trudeau was thinking of leaving the Adirondacks.

The institute is one of the region’s largest employers, with 120 employees. Woodland joined Trudeau 12 years ago. Woodland and Pearce will depart this fall.

Calls for comment from the Trudeau institute weren’t returned in time for this story, but a press release from the institute says its board will begin the process of searching for a replacement for Woodland early in August.


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