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Turner Joins ORAU Board of Directors

Former chief counsel brings expertise in federal government, education enterprise

April 14, 2009

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) announced the addition of Jim Turner to its Board of Directors during its 64th Annual Meeting of the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions. The board provides policy and fiduciary oversight of ORAU operations for its membership.

Jim Turner

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Turner currently serves as an energy consultant for the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. Prior to his current role, he served more than 30 years working for the U.S. House of Representatives, 29 of which were on the professional staff of the Committee on Science and Technology, which he first joined in 1977 and returned to in 1984 after three years in the private sector. Most recently Turner was the Science Committee’s chief counsel and worked across the board on the committee’s legislative agenda, which has jurisdiction over non-defense federal scientific research and development.

“I have known ORAU to be a special organization since my then coworker and former ORAU Board Member, Mary Good, introduced me to the organization over 25 years ago,” said Turner. “I am honored to be chosen to serve on ORAU’s board and I will do my best to be an asset to ORAU, drawing upon my long history of working with government and research universities.’

From 1985 through 1994, Turner was the committee’s senior staff member for technology policy. In the 1970s and early 1980s, he served the committee as an energy counsel. Turner has also worked for Wheelabrator-Frye, Congressman Gary Myers, NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the State of Connecticut. He has also served on the Presidential Transition Teams of President Clinton and President Obama.

Turner has been honored by over a dozen scientific and technical professional societies. In 2009, he received the Bayh-Dole Award of the Association of University Technology Managers and an Award of Appreciation from the American Association for Engineering Education. In 2008, he received the Ronald E. Brown, Jr., Standards Leadership Award on World Standards Day and was made an honorary fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Turner currently serves on several boards at the University of Virginia including the School of Engineering’s Board of Trustees, the President’s Advisory Board for the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University, the Advisory Board for MIT Press Journals’ Innovations, and the American National Standards board of directors.

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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