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Scripps Florida chief Richard Lerner stepping down at year end, succeeded by Michael Marletta



richardlernerscrippsresearchfredgreavesphoto.It's an end to an era with the news that Richard Lerner, 72, who has headed Scripps Florida since it set foot in the Sunshine State (lured by a whopper incentive check from then Florida Gov. Jeb Bush) is stepping down next year. Lerner will be replaced Jan. 1 by Michael Marletta, 59, a biochemist at the University of California, Berkeley. More details at this Palm Beach Post story.

Lerner told the newspaper that he's leaving his administrative duties but will continue his research. He said he's pleased with Scripps Florida's progress. "I wouldn't have stepped down if it was in any way rocky," Lerner told the Post. "Its trajectory is beyond anyone's expectations."

(Lerner photo by Fred Greaves.)

-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist

[Last modified: Thursday, February 24, 2011 6:28pm]


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