S.C. Research Authority board clears way for agency to hire next director

The S.C. Research Authority is headquartered in Summerville. file/Leroy Burnell/staff

The S.C. Research Authority moved closer to naming its next executive director Thursday as its board cleared the way for the agency to make a hire.

The board of the state-chartered research-and-development agency unanimously approved a resolution allowing board chairman Bill Blume to hire an as-yet-unidentified candidate.

The resolution also said the new director’s proposed salary — $230,000 — is “reasonable under the circumstances and not excessive.”

Board members didn’t publicly say who they approved to hire during the Thursday conference call, but the board discussed the candidate in closed session for more than half an hour.

SCRA has been looking for a new head after longtime chief Bill Mahoney left in March after 11 years running the Summerville-based agency.

The new executive director will be tasked with running the agency as it redraws its organizational chart. SCRA is separating its government contracting arm from the rest of the agency, which is tasked with promoting the state’s high-tech industry.

The agency’s board is scheduled to meet again next Thursday on a 10 a.m. conference call.

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