The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the St. Louis-based nonprofit research institute, looked to one of the region’s largest private companies for its new board chair.

Penny Pennington, managing partner of $12 billion financial services firm Edward Jones, was elected chair of the Danforth Center board for a one-year term, officials said Wednesday.

Also elected to the board were two new directors, Senator Roy Blunt and Johannes Burlin, co-CEO and co-Founder of Tilia Holdings, LLC.  READ MORE