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Rosen Joins ORAU Board of Directors

May 1, 2008

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) announced the election of Rich Rosen to its Board of Directors at the 63rd 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.

Rosen currently serves as vice president for education and philanthropy at Battelle.

"ORAU is a tremendous national asset and plays a vital role in strengthening America’s competitiveness in scientific research and education,” said Rosen. "I am thrilled to participate in ORAU’s continued mission to build strong partnerships among higher education, business, and the national laboratory system."

Through his current role, Rosen serves as part of Battelle’s senior leadership team focused on establishing productive partnerships with industry, educational institutions and government at all levels. Rosen is the lead for Battelle’s signature education initiatives with the objective to be a catalyst for positive sustainable change in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education on a national scale. This work encompasses both policy influence and implementation of specific operational programs that can be scaled to regional and national significance.

He also oversees Battelle’s corporate community relations and strategic philanthropy budgets and programs. Operating as a charitable trust in the state of Ohio for almost 80 years, Battelle has continuously placed education support as a high priority. Since 1999, Battelle has distributed more than $55 million to education programs.

In addition to his role with Battelle, Rosen serves as the executive director of the recently-announced Ohio STEM Learning Network, a public/private program providing services statewide to accelerate the progress of STEM education at the K-12 level. 

Rosen is a founding member and lead architect for TechColumbus, a regional alliance of technology-based economic development advocacy groups. The initiative has accumulated more than $23 million in grant funding to support regional technology entrepreneurship and consists of more than 260 local businesses and university members focused on technology-based workforce attraction and retention.

Additionally, Rosen has participated on a variety of boards, including BioOhio, Action for Children, the Metro High School Partnership Group, Science and Technology Campus Corporation, The Ohio State University Biomedical Engineering Advisory Council, the Edison Biotechnology Institute at Ohio University, and the National Academy of Sciences Government University Industry Research Roundtable.

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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