New management for troubled Paris institute

March 25, 2005

A new board of directors has been elected to run Paris's troubled Pasteur Institute after the previous board resigned en masse in January amid a management crisis.

Four state-appointed members remain from the original board - representatives of the Research and Budget Ministries, and the heads of the National Scientific Research Centre and the Medical Research Institute.

Last week, 16 new members were elected.

Problems at the state-supported private institute began in 2000 after the appointment of Philippe Kourilsky as director-general.

Factors included budget deficits, relocation plans, modernisation reforms and alleged bullying ( Times Higher , January 14). Staff protests intensified and Mr Kourilsky seemed in danger of losing his job. The institute's general assembly was due to decide on his future, but before a date was fixed, 16 board members, including its chairman, Michel Bon, resigned.

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