Medtronic inducts former U provost

Former Academic Health Center provost William Brody rekindled his Minnesota ties Monday when he won a seat on Medtronic Inc.’s board of directors.
Brody left the University in 1996 to become head of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, the nation’s largest research school. Brody served as provost at the University from 1994 to 1996.
His background in academic medicine, as well as his training as a cardiovascular surgeon and electrical engineer, made him an excellent choice, said Dick Ried, public relations representative for Medtronic.
“He presents an almost unbeatable combination,” Ried said.
Minneapolis-based Medtronic is the world’s largest producer of pace makers, a technology the company developed in partnership with the University’s Medical School.
— Melanie Evans