We’re delighted to announce that the PLoS board of directors has appointed Gary Ward as board chairman, effective January 1, 2011. Gary has a longstanding association with PLoS as a charter member of the PLoS Biology Editorial Board, has a deep understanding of Open Access and a strong devotion to its widespread adoption.
Gary received his PhD from UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography and did post doc work at UC San Francisco with Marc Kirschner. He was a Senior Staff Fellow at the NIH’s Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases, and Treasurer and Member of the Executive Committee of the American Society for Cell Biology. He is currently Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Vermont.
Gary’s Open Access credentials are as impressive as his scholarly credentials: he is Chair (through year-end) of the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central National Advisory Committee, a past member of the NLM Public Access Working Group, and member of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Open Access working group.
The board feels confident that Gary’s insights into PLoS’ vision, his engaging and collaborative style, and his commitment to Open Access will make him a highly effective leader at this critical juncture in PLoS’ history, as we seek new and powerful ways to communicate and enhance the advancements of science.