SARANAC LAKE - Trudeau Institute has lost another top executive.
Terry Gach, Trudeau's vice president of institutional advancement, is no longer employed by Trudeau, according to a statement provided by the institute.
The circumstances surrounding Gach's departure are unclear. The institute provided no explanation of what happened, "out of respect for the privacy of former employees," and Gach didn't return several phone messages left at his home by the Enterprise.
Gach had been with the nonprofit biotech research center since June 2006. In addition to his work leading the institute's fundraising efforts, he also served on the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, which was awarded $103 million in state economic development funds late last year, including $1.2 million for Trudeau to modernize its laboratory facilities and recruit additional scientists.
Gach's departure follows that of Trudeau director David Woodland, who left the institute last year for a job with a biomedical institute in Colorado that organizes conferences for scientists. The institute also lost its chief operating officer, Nelson Pleau, and several of its top researchers last year.
In their statement, Trudeau officials said the search for a new director to replace Woodland is "well under way." The institute had hired a consulting firm that specializes in recruiting senior executives to assist in that effort, which was expected to take several months.