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Jon M. Veigel

Dr. Jon M. Veigel

Dr. Jon M. Veigel, ORAU president from 1988-1996.

The fourth president of Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), Dr. Jon M. Veigel joined ORAU in August 1988. During his eight-year tenure at ORAU, the organization achieved significant growth, even as it battled funding cutbacks from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), for which ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).

Under Veigel’s guidance, ORAU's university consortium experienced rapid growth. In 1988, the consortium had 49 member universities; in 1996, it had 89 full members and eight associate members (associate memberships are granted to colleges and universities that do not have doctoral programs). In 1988, ORAU had a budget of $45 million; in 1996, it had a budget of $75 million. In 1988, ORAU had a workforce of 549 employees; in 1996, it had 757 employees.

Veigel resigned from his position as president of ORAU in May 1996 due to “results of recent health tests and also a strong desire to return to the West,” he said in his resignation letter.

Before joining ORAU, Veigel was president and executive director of the Alternative Energy Corporation in the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. In this capacity, he directed a cooperative venture of North Carolina electric utility organizations and the state’s Utilities Commission.

Veigel also had 10 years of teaching experience at a number of colleges and universities. He was a former research chemist at the E. I. DuPont Company and held several management and technical positions with the non-profit Solar Energy Research Institute in Golden, Colo., including service as assistant director for technology commercialization.

His background includes extensive experience with both federal agencies and state government. He was administrator for the Alternative Energy Division of the California Energy Commission from 1975-1978, and program manager for energy in the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress from 1974-1975. He has served on several DOE advisory panels.

Among professional contributions, Veigel served on the National Research Council Board on Energy and Environmental Systems (BEES), the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the ORAU Foundation, the Tennessee Center for Research and Development, and the Oak Ridge Community Foundation. He was also a member of the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

A native of Mankato, Minn., Veigel earned a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in physical-inorganic chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles. He now lives with his wife, Carol, in Utah.