Rodman Named To Kansas Bioscience Authority

By: AP Posted By: Stephanie Schultz
By: AP Posted By: Stephanie Schultz

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has named
Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman to the board of an agency set
up to nurture bioscience companies.

Rodman's appointment to the Kansas Bioscience Authority was
announced Thursday. He replaces Sandra Lawrence.

Brownback cited Rodman's nearly 50 years of experience in
agribusiness as a factor in his appointment, which must be
confirmed by the state Senate.

The Kansas Bioscience Authority was established in 2004. It has
come under scrutiny from Brownback and other Republicans over its
management and investments under former CEO Tom Thornton, who
resigned last year for a job in Ohio.

Rodman led the administration's oversight of an audit of the
KBA's activities dating to its creation. The audit raised questions
about perceived conflicts of interest and misuse of funds by
Thornton.


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