RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Enriqueta Bond, president of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund for the past 13 years, will retire from her post in June 2008.
The first full-time head of the Fund, Bond presided over the group’s transition from a corporate foundation to a private independent foundation that works to help young scientists and expand science education in North Carolina.
A search committee has been formed to hire a successor.
The Fund, which was created through a $400 million endowment from the Wellcome Trust, now holds assets of more than $800 million and awards grants totaling more than $30 million annually.
Bond’s achievements during her tenure include creating the Student Science Enrichment Program to bring science education to the state’s children; establishing the N.C. Institute for Education Policymakers; developing the N.C. Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center; and launching several awards programs benefiting scientists.