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Five New Members Elected to ORAU Board

April 11, 2004

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.— The Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Board of Directors welcomed five new members at the 59th annual meeting of the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions held recently in Washington, D.C. The board provides policy and fiduciary oversight of ORAU operations for its membership.

Elected to the board were:

  • John G. Gilligan, vice chancellor for research and graduate studies, North Carolina State University.
  • William A. Jesser, professor, materials science and engineering, University of Virginia.
  • Larry F. Lemanski, vice president for research and graduate studies, Florida Atlantic University.
  • Eva J. Pell, vice president for research and dean of the graduate school at Pennsylvania State University.
  • Clifton Woods, vice chancellor for research, University of Tennessee.

The five new members bring tremendously varied expertise in administrative and applied research experience, ranging from nanoscience to plant pathology, to the ORAU Board of Directors.

Gilligan has served in his present position at NCSU since 2002. He joined the university’s faculty in 1983 and was promoted to full professor in 1990. He holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan as well as a bachelor's degree in engineering sciences from Purdue University.

This is not Gilligan’s first involvement with ORAU. He served as the NCSU councilor to the consortium from 2000 to 2002.

“I’m delighted to be more strongly involved,” Gilligan said. “ORAU has been very successful and aggressive in getting university involvement over the past five years. It’s an exciting place to be right now, representing universities in the Southeast on national agenda items. The partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) itself is a strong asset. Whether it’s in nanotechnology or nuclear science or homeland security, ORNL provides a focal point for university activities in the Southeast. We need to take advantage of that as best we can.”

Jesser joined the University of Virginia faculty in 1968, where he has published more than 140 papers and co-edited four books. He holds a Ph.D. in physics and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in physics, all from the University of Virginia.

Since 1978, Jesser has taught at research and higher education institutions around the world during the summer session. He has taught at Nagoya University, Japan; the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa; the University of South Africa; Pretoria University, South Africa; Hunan University, China; and the University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Lemanski accepted his current position at FAU in 2001. He holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in zoology from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville. Previously serving from 2000 to 2003, he is a second-term board member.

“From my perspective of working closely with outstanding research faculty and students at Florida Atlantic University, I am aware of the extremely important role that ORAU plays in advancing major national research initiatives,” Lemanski said. “Thus, I was delighted to learn of my election to a second term on the ORAU Board of Directors and look forward to working with the other board members, councilors and ORAU staff to help shape the organization’s future outstanding contributions in support of science, service and education.”

Pell holds a Ph.D. in plant biology from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the City College of the City University of New York. She began her career as a high school chemistry teacher and research associate before joining Penn State as an assistant professor of plant pathology in 1973. Her research interests include mechanistic studies of the effect of air pollution on vegetation at the biochemical, molecular, physiological, and whole plant levels.

Woods has served UT in a variety of administrative and research roles, including: professor, Department of Chemistry; associate dean for research and resource development, College of Arts and Sciences; vice provost for faculty affairs; and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. He holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in chemistry from NCSU. He also earned a bachelor’s degree with majors in chemistry and mathematics from North Carolina Central University.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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