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Holbrook Joins ORAU Board of Directors

April 17, 2008

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) announced the addition of Dr. Karen A. Holbrook to its Board of Directors during its 63rd annual meeting of the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions. The board provides policy and fiduciary oversight of ORAU operations for its membership.

Holbrook currently serves as vice president for research and innovation at the University of South Florida and also represents the school on the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions.

"ORAU is an organization I admired while at the University of Florida, and later, actively encouraged Ohio State to join," said Holbrook. "The consortium has flourished under great leadership and is a terrific asset to the fields of science, as well as the universities it serves.  I am delighted to be part of the organization once again."

Holbrook earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in zoology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1963 and 1966, respectively. After teaching biology at Ripon College for three years, she earned a Ph.D. in biological structure from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1972 and pursued postdoctoral training in the Department of Dermatology. She became an instructor and later assistant professor, associate professor, associate chairman, and professor of biological structure and medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, gaining a national reputation for her expertise in dermatology. Showing the leadership skills that characterize her career, she also served as associate dean for scientific affairs.

In 1993, Dr. Holbrook moved to the University of Florida at Gainesville, where she was vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School as well as professor of anatomy and cell biology and medicine (dermatology). While there, she organized and chaired a meeting co-sponsored by the Governor's Office, the University System, private enterprise, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) called, "The Future of Science and Technology in Florida: High Tech Florida Means Business."

In 1998, Holbrook joined the University of Georgia, where she served as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost--as well as professor of cell biology and adjunct professor of anatomy and cell biology and medicine at the Medical College of Georgia. At Georgia, she helped create the Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute, two new colleges, and the New Media Institute. She strongly supported the efforts of faculty and research leaders to successfully expand Georgia's federal research funding.

In 2002, she became president of the Ohio State University, where she led one of the nation's largest and most distinguished universities dedicated to teaching, research, and service. The University's Columbus campus includes medical, cancer, heart and lung, and veterinary hospitals; dental and optometry clinics; and specialized research centers.

Throughout her career, she has held leadership roles and participated extensively in the activities of professional and honorary societies, including the AAAS, where she is a fellow and member of the board of directors; the American Association of Universities; the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges; and the Association of American Medical Colleges. She recently was appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education (ACT), the American Council on Education, and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. She has been deeply involved in national and regional efforts to strengthen graduate education in America and has been active in economic development partnerships at the community and state levels.

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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