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Reason Joins ORAU Board of Directors

April 12, 2007

Oak Ridge, Tenn.—The Oak Ridge Associated Universities’ (ORAU) Board of Directors welcomed Admiral J. Paul Reason as a new director at the 62nd 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.

Reason, who retired from the United States Navy as the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, maintained a variety of responsibilities during a naval career of more than 34 years. He currently serves or has served as a member of the board of three Fortune 500 companies, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Amgen, Inc.; and Norfolk Southern Corporation. He also currently serves as a member of the Naval Studies Board, a historic operating unit of the National Academy of Sciences, specializing in defining strategic and technical advances for the Navy, and is a member of the National War Powers Commission.

Reason earned his bachelor's degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1965, and earned his master's degree in computer systems management from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1970. During his career in the Navy, Reason, a qualified and experienced nuclear propulsion engineer, held the titles of commander of Naval Base Seattle (1986-88); Commander of Cruiser-Destroyer Group One (1988-91); Commander of Naval Surface Force for the U.S. Atlantic Fleet (1991-94); and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (1994-96). He also served as Naval Aide to the President of the United States.

Following his retirement, Reason served as President and Chief Operating Officer, as well as Vice Chairman for Metro Machine Corporation, a ship repair organization with shipyards in Norfolk, Va.; Erie and Philadelphia, Penn.

Reason has also co-authored a book Sailing New Seas, published by the Naval War College Press in 1998, and has received numerous military awards from the United States, Argentina, Venezuela and the Republic of Vietnam.

Other directors elected to the ORAU Board were:

  • Sandra J. Degen, vice president for research, University of Cincinnati
  • Gerald D. Holder, U.S. Steel dean and professor, School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
  • Brooks A. Keel, vice chancellor for research and economic development and professor of biological engineering, Louisiana State University
  • Suzanne Laurich-McIntyre, assistant vice provost for graduate education, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Felix A. Okojie, vice president for research development, support and federal relations, Jackson State University
  • Winfred M. Phillips, vice president for research, University of Florida
  • David D. Reed, vice president for research, Michigan Technological 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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