Personnel file: Dec. 30 , 2013 to Jan. 7, 2014

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 Elson named to board

The University of Delaware’s Charles Elson has been appointed to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s Standing Advisory Group.

Elson, the Edgar S. Woolard Jr., Chair of Corporate Governance and director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance in the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, will serve a three-year term beginning in January 2014.

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) is a nonprofit corporation established by Congress to oversee the audits of public companies in order to protect the interests of investors and further the public interest in the preparation of informative, accurate and independent audit reports. The PCAOB also oversees the audits of broker-dealers, including compliance reports filed pursuant to federal securities laws, to promote investor protection.

The 42-member Standing Advisory Board (SAG) advises PCAOB on the development of auditing and related professional practice standards. It includes experts in the fields of accounting, auditing, financial reporting, corporate finance and corporate governance, as well as experts in investing in public companies.

Elson was one of 17 new SAG members announced this month.

Before joining the UD faculty, Elson served as a professor of law at Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Fla., from 1990 until 2001. His fields of expertise include corporations, securities regulation and corporate governance. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a law degree from the University of Virginia Law School.

Elson has written extensively on the subject of boards of directors and is a frequent contributor on corporate governance issues to various scholarly and popular publications. He  was recently named among the 100 most influential directors and governance professionals in the 2013 National Association of Corporate Directors’ Directorship 100.

Six agents honored

ResortQuest Real Estate, Bethany Beach  has announced that six of its agents are recipients of Five Star Professional and Delaware Today’s Five Star awards. The annual Five Star awards go to real estate agents rated highest in overall satisfaction by clients, peers and industry experts.

Fewer than seven percent of the 4,000 Delaware area residents holding real estate licenses were selected for the honor this year.

This year’s winners include Tammy Hadder, Anna Meiklejohn and Colleen Windrow, each from the firm’s Marketplace at Sea Colony office; Bob Jennings from the Bethany Beach office; Pat Eggers from the West Fenwick location and Steve Alexander from the Edgewater/Sea Colony location. Hadder, Meiklejohn, Jennings, Windrow and Eggers have each won the award in previous years.

“We are very much honored to have six of our agents selected for this award,” said Brigit Taylor, managing broker of ResortQuest. “They consistently strive for excellence in customer service and aim to make the listing and selling process as stress-free as possible for our customers and clients.”

Kmiec named research director

Eric B. Kmiec, professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry within the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology at Delaware State University, has been named the director of research for the Delaware INBRE program, a statewide biomedical research initiative.

The purpose of the Delaware IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) is to create an inter-institutional biomedical research capability, by developing a statewide pipeline of capable and competitive biomedical research personnel who can successfully compete for biomedical research grants, funded by NIH and other agencies.

Kmiec, who currently serves as the principal investigator of the Delaware State University INBRE grant, will assume this post immediately. He will be the first director of research for Delaware INBRE at an institution outside of the University of Delaware.

Widely-recognized as a pioneer of gene editing—a technique in which synthetic DNA molecules are used to patch or repair mutations in human chromosomes—Dr. Eric Kmiec is head of the Laboratory of Chemical Genomics at Delaware State University. Prior to his arrival at DSU in 2011, Dr. Kmiec served as the founding director and eminent scholar of the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research at Marshall University.

Gatehouse names Delaware publisher

The Dover Post reported Keven Todd was  named publisher of GateHouse Media Delaware, owner  of six weekly newspapers in the state. Todd will succeed Clarissa Williams, who has been named publisher of the State Journal Register, a GateHouse paper in Springfield, Ill., and the nearby Lincoln Courier.

GateHouse Media Delaware owns the Dover Post, Hockessin Community News, Middletown Transcript, Milford Beacon, Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times and Sussex Countian, as well as the Express, a shopper that serves the Delmarva Peninsula.

Todd comes to Delaware after serving as publisher of the  Los Alamos, N.M.,  Monitor since 2009.

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