“Aside from being a globally renowned scientist, Rusty is an inspiring leader whose energy, steadfastness and thoughtfulness have been invaluable in helping to guide the institute. He has accomplished a great deal over the past year,” said Salk Board Chair Dan Lewis.
“The board is delighted that he will lead Salk forward into our next chapter, as we continue to tackle the most pressing questions in science and to work for the betterment of humanity,” added Lewis in making the announcement late last week.
Gage, 68, has been on the Salk faculty since 1995 and also served briefly as interim president in 2015.
His latest interim appointment came last January after Nobel Prize-winner Elizabeth Blackburn announced she would step down following gender-discrimination lawsuits brought by three female faculty members. The lawsuits have since been settled.
The decision to offer the president role to Gage through 2024 was made by the board in consultation with the faculty and a search committee.
“Having called the Salk Institute home for more than 23 years, it has been an honor to serve as its president and help lead this extraordinary community,” said Gage. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue building on our progress in advancing Salk’s mission and collaborating with so many inspiring individuals whose sights are always fixed on the horizon.”
As interim president, Gage, a world-renowned neuroscientist, led the successful application for $19.2 million to fund an eight-year investigation of the mechanisms underlying Alzheimer’s disease and aging-related cognitive decline.
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