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Coyle Joins ORAU Board of Directors

April 6, 2006

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—The Oak Ridge Associated Universities’ (ORAU) Board of Directors welcomed Philip E. Coyle, III as a new director at the 61st annual meeting of the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions held recently in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The board provides policy and fiduciary oversight of ORAU operations for its membership.

Coyle currently serves as senior advisor to the president of the Center for Defense Information and maintains a role as a private defense consultant. He was also appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the nine-member Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission. Coyle earned both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Dartmouth College.

Previously he spent 33 years working in various positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in Livermore, Calif. In recognition of his many years of service in the area of research, development and testing at LLNL, he received the distinction of Laboratory Associate Director Emeritus. From 1994 to 2001, Coyle was assistant secretary of defense, as well as director, operational test and evaluation, with the Department of Defense (DOD).

As the longest serving director in the 20-year history of the office, Coyle served as principal advisor to the secretary of defense on test and evaluation at DOD where his responsibilities included stewardship of DOD’s major range and test facility bases. In this capacity, Coyle was also responsible for overseeing the test and evaluation of over 200 major defense acquisition systems, including providing reports to the secretary of defense and to Congress concerning the adequacy and results of DOD testing programs.

With more than 40 years experience in research, development, and testing, Coyle has received numerous honors including the Hollis Award from the National Defense Industrial Association for his lifelong achievement in defense testing and evaluation; the Allen R. Matthews Award, the International Test and Evaluation Association’s highest award; and was named a Laurels honoree by Aviation Week magazine, joining a select group recognized for outstanding contributions in aerospace. He also has twice earned the Defense Distinguished Service Medal.

Other directors elected to the ORAU Board were:

  • Peter M. Hekman, U.S. Navy (retired), re-elected to another three-year term
  • Nancy C. Martin, senior vice president for research, University of Louisville
  • Colin G. Scanes, senior vice president for research, Mississippi State University
  • Orlando L. Taylor, vice provost for research, Howard 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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