Toni Scarpa is resigning from CSR as of September. He is the trailing spouse of Meredith Bond, who will move up from Department Chair to Dean of the College of Sciences and Health Professions at Cleveland State University. Toni of course came to the NIH from Case Western and will no doubt find something to keep him off the streets and out of the pool halls in his old stomping grounds.
Toni sent out a farewell notice to his colleagues yesterday, noting that:
My departure will permit the NIH Director to search for a new CSR leader who will have renewed enthusiasm and fresher ideas for this strategically important position, and who will also better match the Director’s vision and management style.
Yes, things have changed since the departure of the Great Zerhouni.
Toni modestly summarizes the significant accomplishments and challenges that he managed while at CSR:
These 6 years have been an exhilarating experience and I consider myself fortunate and privileged to have served in a period of unprecedented changes, and opportunities, in peer review. Thanks to a professional and dedicated staff, CSR has managed to review 50% more applications, in addition to 40,000 ARRA applications two years ago. It was also a fulfilling experience to be able to help NIH design the first major changes in peer review in 65 year and to have CSR implementing them.
And he signs off with kind recognition of his colleagues in and outside the NIH:
Personally it was an incredible privilege to meet with thousands of faculty, researchers and reviewers and to interact personally with every study section chair. Even more of a privilege was to interact with many of you as a colleague and often as a friend. I doubt there is anywhere in the world a group of people so smart, professional, dedicated and effective, and at the same time overworked, underpaid and underappreciated.
Here, here. Thanks for all you have done for the extramural community, Toni. The beer in Cleveland has no doubt improved since you left, but the winters have not. Ciao.
Update: Collins has appointed Richard Nakamura, PhD to serve as Acting Director of CSR starting September 18 (Deputy Director Cheryl Kitt, PhD will assume leadership from Sept 3-18).