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MPAC board votes to ‘wind down’ organization in flagging economy

Confronted with difficult economic times, for itself and the arts and culture organizations it was formed to support, the Metro Phoenix Partnership for Arts and Culture (MPAC) board of directors has voted to cease the nonprofit organization’s staffing and programmatic operations. MPAC will support the plan of its major funders to use remaining grants funds […]

Flinn Foundation Appoints Executive Vice President

The Flinn Foundation, a private, nonprofit philanthropy based in Phoenix, has appointed longtime Arizona public-sector administrator Cathy McGonigle as executive vice president.

Arizona’s bioscience industry furthers growth, progress during global recession

Amid declining economic conditions in 2008 and 2009, Arizona’s bioscience industry continued its rapid growth in high-paying jobs and firms, and the state achieved notable gains in implementing its long-term plan to develop a thriving bioscience sector. However, Arizona could not escape the lowering tide of federal research grants and venture-capital investments that has plagued […]

Honorary board member A. J. “Jack” Pfister passes

A. J. "Jack" Pfister, for 50 years a major figure in Arizona's legal, business, and educational arenas, passed away July 20, 2009, at age 75. Among his contributions to the community was an 15-year stint on the Flinn Foundation board of directors.

Arizona educators honored by Flinn Scholars

The newest Flinn Scholars and the Flinn Scholars Program have honored 17 Arizona educators for their outstanding dedication and service. Each educator was nominated by a member of the 2009 class of Flinn Scholars for having a significant impact on their education and development.

Class of 17 Flinn Scholars chooses Arizona universities

Seventeen of Arizona's highest-achieving high-school seniors have decided to attend one of the state's public universities on a Flinn Scholarship. The award includes funding for four years of study, academic-focused travel abroad, mentorship by top faculty, and other benefits. Altogether, the package is worth more than $50,000--on top of the cash value of tuition, provided by the student's chosen university.

Flinn Foundation elects new president and CEO

The Flinn Foundation board of directors has chosen a longtime Arizona leader in health care, education, and public policy as its next president and chief executive officer. Jack B. Jewett, a former president of the Arizona Board of Regents and five-term member of the Arizona House of Representatives, will succeed retiring President and CEO John W. Murphy, who has led the Foundation since 1981. Jewett will assume the position in June.

Arizona’s bioscience sector has substantial economic impact, analysis says

A new analysis of Arizona’s emerging bioscience sector reveals that it has a multibillion-dollar annual economic impact and generates hundreds of millions of dollars in yearly state and local taxes. The study findings will be presented in Phoenix today at Biozona 2009, the annual conference of the Arizona BioIndustry Association. The analysis was performed by […]

Flinn Foundation hires leading executive search firm Spencer Stuart to recruit next CEO

The Flinn Foundation has contracted with executive search firm Spencer Stuart to coordinate the search for its next chief executive. The move was prompted by the announcement of current President & CEO John W. Murphy to retire by June 1, 2009.  Murphy joined the Foundation in 1981 as its executive director and first staff member.

Arizona’s bioscience initiative broadens gains through sixth year

How does Arizona fare six years into its long-term plan to build a thriving biosciences region? In a nutshell, the state has recorded rapid growth well above U.S. norms in generating federal grants and adding new bioscience jobs and firms. But the enduring need for capital investment for young companies continues to be an Achilles heel.

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