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The Wistar Institute Names Joseph G. Trainor New Chief Financial Officer

The Wistar Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Joseph G. Trainor, CPA, as Chief Financial Officer. Trainor succeeds Larry Keinath, who will assist through August to ensure a smooth transition before retiring later this year.

“Joe Trainor brings to The Wistar Institute 35 years of experience in accounting and finance. He has the knowledge and experience in the academic, research intense environment to lead the management of the Institute's financial infrastructure as it pursues a program of expansion and diversification,” said Russel E. Kaufman, M.D., Wistar Institute President and CEO. “Joe’s financial and operational understanding will be instrumental to Wistar as it integrates its programs and faculty into the new Robert and Penny Fox Tower. We are most enthusiastic about his high level of energy, creativity, and connections with our partners in the west Philadelphia academic community. Joe will be a great asset."

Trainor joins Wistar from the University of the Sciences, where he has served since 1995 and most recently as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Senior VP of Finance. Prior to the University of the Sciences, Trainor was Comptroller and Acting Treasurer at Drexel University. He is active in his church and has served on various civic and professional boards.

“I am thrilled to be joining this innovative research leader and will work closely with the internal and external community to provide the financial leadership that will support Wistar’s goals for today’s discoveries and tomorrow’s cures,” said Trainor.

Trainor earned his B.S. from Pennsylvania State University, is a certified public accountant in Pennsylvania, and has earned certificates in investment management and leadership at the Commonfund Institute at the Yale School of Management and Harvard University Graduate School of Education, respectively.

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