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Hekman Re-Elected to ORAU Board of Directors

April 6, 2006

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Peter M. Hekman, Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy, retired, was re-elected to the Oak Ridge Associated Universities’ (ORAU) Board of Directors 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.

Hekman currently works as an independent consultant, providing both technical and managerial services to a variety of corporations, and has served as a member of the ORAU Board of Directors since 2003. His experience in personnel management, nuclear engineering and operations, systems design and development, acquisition and project management, and radiological and hazardous waster remedial management stems from an extensive career in leadership with both the U.S. Navy and the Department of Energy (DOE). Hekman earned his master’s degree in management from the United States Naval Post-Graduate School and his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the United States Naval Academy.

While in the Navy, Hekman commanded warships and a nuclear-powered cruiser, commanded a cruiser-destroyer group, and commanded task forces in both the Western and Eastern Pacific. He also served on the Operations Staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, held the title of Deputy Director, Navy Research and Development, Test and Evaluation, and commanded the Naval Sea Systems Command, a position in which he oversaw 110,000 personnel and a budget of $25 billion.

After retiring from the Navy, Hekman served the DOE as manager of the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. He also has served as President of Babcock & Wilcox of Ohio, which is the managing contractor for the radiological remediation of the DOE Mound Site in Miamisburg, Ohio. He has also served as Vice President for Syntek Engineering and Technologies in Arlington, Va., where he provided technical consulting services to both the Department of Defense (DOD) and private industry.

Among his honors, Hekman has received the DOE Exceptional Service Award and Medal; the American Society of Naval Engineers highest professional honor, the Harold E. Saunders Award; the DOD Superior Service Medal; four awards from the Presidential Legion of Merit; and the Bronze Star Medal.

Other directors elected to the ORAU Board were:

  • Philip E. Coyle, III, senior advisor, Center for Defense Information
  • 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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