The board of the Convention Center Authority this afternoon elected Greg Fox as its new chairman, replacing Buck Riley, who abruptly resigned as of last Sunday. Riley, a Republican, had said in a resignation letter to his colleagues that Carl Singley, a lawyer and a Democrat, would take over temporarily in his absence since Singley was vice chair of the 15-member board.

Fox is a Republican who has sat on the board as one of two appointees of former Gov. Ed Rendell. The other is School District CFO Mike Masch, a Democrat.

The terms of both men officially expired when Gov. Corbett, a Republican, took over. But Corbett has yet to name his Democratic and Republican appointees in their place.

Fox's election as chairman, though, ensures him a spot on the board, and opens up his old seat for a Corbett appointee. Fox was nominated by Singley, and the vote was unanimous.

It is not surprising that the authority's board turned to a Republican as its chair, especially considering its political makeup and who sits in the governor's mansion. Either way, Fox, a partner at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads L.L.P, has been regarded by his colleagues from both sides of the aisle as a hard-working and diligent board member. He initially joined the board in 2002 as an appointee of Gov. Mark Schweiker.

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