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Google exec joins Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees

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Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, joined the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees in November.

The trustees also elected Shirley Weis, retiring Mayo Clinic vice president and chief administrative officer, as an emeritus trustee.

Schmidt joined Google in 2001. As executive chairman, he is responsible for the external matters of Google: building partnerships and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership, as well as advising the CEO and senior leadership on business and policy issues.

From 2001 to 2011, Schmidt served as Google's chief executive officer, overseeing the company's technical and business strategy alongside founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.

Prior to joining Google, Schmidt was the chairman and CEO of Novell and chief technology officer at Sun Microsystems Inc. Previously, he served on the research staff at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Bell Laboratories and Zilog. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University as well as a master's degree and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Weis will retire from Mayo Clinic at the end of 2013.She has served as Mayo's chief administrative officer since 2007 and been a member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees since 2004. She began her career at Mayo Clinic in 1995 as the executive director of MMSI, became chair of the Managed Care Department in 1999, and served as the vice chair of administration for Mayo Clinic in Arizona from 2001 to 2007.

The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees, a 31-member group of public representatives and Mayo Clinic physicians and administrators, is responsible for patient care, medical education and research. -- Mike Klein

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