Society for Neuroscience Names New Executive Director
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SOCIETY FOR NEUROSCIENCE NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
WASHINGTON, D.C. November 29 — Marty Saggese has been named executive director of the Society for Neuroscience, effective January 2002.
The Society's governing council made the appointment after a nationwide search lasting several months. Saggese succeeds Nancy Beang, who retired last April after 20 years.
The Society for Neuroscience (SfN), with more than 28,000 members, is the world's largest organization of basic scientists and clinicians who study the brain and nervous system. Its major activities are organizing an annual meeting held each fall which attracts thousands of neuroscientists from around the world and publishing The Journal of Neuroscience, the premier journal in the field.
“SfN's officers and councilors are delighted to have Marty come on board as our new executive director,” said Donald Price, who co-chaired the search committee and served as the Society's president until earlier this month. “He has a very substantial background in the nonprofit arena, in working with government and public corporations, in fiscal affairs, and, perhaps most importantly, in strategic planning. He will be a real asset in positioning our organization to deal with the many challenges and opportunities that will be encountered over the next decade.”
A resident of Chevy Chase, Maryland, Saggese has served since 1995 as the deputy executive director and chief financial officer of the American International Health Alliance, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit with five overseas offices. A native of Brooklyn, NY, he previously served as vice president for management and financial services at the Long Island Rail Road and as deputy commissioner for management and administrative services at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. He holds a masters degree in public administration from New York University's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, and a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University.
Saggese noted that now is a very dynamic time in the scientific professions, with the SfN and its members playing leading roles in some of the most exciting areas of scientific research. “I am grateful for the confidence the SfN Council has shown in selecting me for this position,” he said. “I look forward to working with the Council, the staff, and the members to help shape the future of the Society and build on its record of growth, intellectual vitality, and member service in the coming years.”