Florida Atlantic’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute gives interim chief full

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Jim Sullivan has been with the St. Lucie County research facility since 2015 and has served as interim executive director since March.

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Jim Sullivan, Interim Executive Director of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University, introduces the SeaPRISM system, a device built by NASA to help monitor for algae blooms in Lake Okeechobee, during a meeting on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at the Harbor Branch campus in northern St. Lucie County. ERIC HASERT/TCPALM

Jim Sullivan, who had been serving as interim executive director of Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in St. Lucie County, had been given the position full time, the university announced Friday.

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  • Date: 2018-07-29T16:00:14+00:00
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