Written by Miami Today on May 19, 2011
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ONLY THE U’S BUSINESS: The University of Miami’s search to replace outgoing business school Dean Barbara Kahn has been narrowed to three candidates: Panagiotis Kouvelis, senior associate dean and director of executive programs at the Olin Business School at Washington University; Eugene Anderson, senior associate dean of academic affairs at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan; and Christopher Earley, dean at University of Connecticut School of Business. A university spokesperson declined to comment on the search’s timeline and gave no indication of whether interim Dean Frances Sevilla-Sacasa will serve longer than the one semester initially intended.
ETHICAL APPLICANTS: Less than a month after Robert Meyers resigned as executive director of the Miami-Dade Ethics and Public Trust Commission, nearly 40 people have applied for the post. Mr. Meyers, who left after he was cleared of accusations that he had an inappropriate relationship with a female subordinate, said a list of applicants should be available later this week. The ethics commission, created in 1996, is charged with investigating complaints against governmental officials and departments.
COFFEE BUY: The J.M. Smucker Co. has purchased Miami-based Rowland Coffee Roasters for $360 million. Rowland’s products are sold as Café Bustelo and Café Pilon. The company dates to 1860s Cuba.
WAIVER WAIT: Flagstone Development Group’s long-planned Watson Island project is still awaiting a state waiver, Madeline Valdes, director of the City of Miami Department of Public Facilities, wrote in an e-mail. The waiver must be secured to build a commercial development on the city-owned property.
NO CARS NEEDED: Miami commissioners adopted 4-1 new affordable-housing development incentives last week, including parking reductions for building near train or transit stations. The sole no vote came from Marc Sarnoff, who has said parking reductions too often lead to spillover parking problems.
MORE LIFE IN THE PARK: The University of Miami’s Life Science and Technology Park’s first building has snagged two new tenants who will take up about 10,000 square feet, boosting the 252,000-square-foot building’s occupancy to nearly 45%. They include Community Blood Centers of South Florida leasing lab and distribution space and Emunamedica, a formerly Broward-based firm that’s developing diagnostic technology designed to measure healing rates in ulcer wounds.
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