WASHINGTON, DC-Washington Real Estate Investors Trust has selected a new chairman who will take office when the current chairman, Edmund Cronin, retires. John McDaniel will take office at the end of Cronin’s term at WRIT’s 2010 annual meeting. His appointment will be the fourth in WRIT’s history.

McDaniel has served as WRIT’s lead independent Board member since 2004. Until his retirement in January 2008, McDaniel was CEO of MedStar Health. According to WRIT CEO Skip McKenzie, McDaniel’s medical expertise was instrumental in WRIT’s medical office investments–”an effort that has led to WRIT owning 18 strategically-located medical office assets comprising what we believe is the best medical office portfolio in the Washington/Baltimore region,” McKenzie says in a prepared statement.

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