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Seven New Members Join ORAU Board of Directors

April 14, 2009

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities’ (ORAU) Board of Directors announced the addition of seven new members during its 64th 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.

Elected to the board were:

  • Major General Alice Astafan, President and CEO of AAstafan and Associates
  • Dr. Melvin Bernstein, Vice President for Research at the University of Maryland, College Park
  • Dr. R. Larry Dooley, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Professor of Bioengineering at Clemson University
  • Dr. Terry Herdman, Associate Vice President for Research Computing at Virginia Tech
  • Dr. Terri Lomax, Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Studies at North Carolina State University
  • Dr. Christine Maziar, Vice President and Senior Associate Provost for the University of Notre Dame
  • Jim Turner, Energy Policy Consultant for the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges

The new directors bring a wealth of research, academic and administrative leadership across multiple disciplines to the ORAU Board of Directors.

Astafan retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1998 at the rank of major general and is currently president and CEO of AAstafan and Associates, a consultant firm for government and industry. She retired in 2008 as CEO of The Federal Technology Center (The FTC), located in North Highlands, Calif. She continues to serve on the board of directors for this not-for-profit public benefit California Corporation, which serves as a scientific and educational link between public technology resources, government contracting agencies, small businesses and academic institutions.

“As the former CEO of The Federal Technology Center where we served as a partnership intermediary for a federal laboratory, I look forward to using my time, talent and hopefully, some expertise to serve as a board member for ORAU,” said Astafan.

Bernstein currently serves as vice president for research at the University of Maryland, College Park. Bernstein is responsible for sustaining strong growth in the university’s research programs which, in the most recent fiscal year, resulted in more than $400 million in research awards. He is responsible for representing the university to national and international research agencies, government and industry, and for providing an interface between University deans and those agencies and individuals.

“I am very excited to take on a more active role with ORAU,” said Bernstein. “University of Maryland faculty and students have benefited greatly in the past from ORAU’s many programs and I hope to play a role in strengthening future opportunities for all the member Universities.”

Dooley currently serves as the associate dean for research and graduate studies, as well as professor of bioengineering at Clemson University.

“I am extremely pleased to be able to serve ORAU and Clemson University in this leadership position,” said Dooley. “ORAU is a national model for university-national lab collaborative partnerships which, at this critical time, are vitally important for strengthening U.S. science and engineering education programs. I welcome the opportunity to work with my colleagues on the Board.”

Herdman currently serves as associate vice president for research computing at Virginia Tech where he has direct oversight over the 2200 processor Virginia Tech System X supercomputer, and other related computer and networking facilities.

“As a member of the Council, I have witnessed ORAU’s development of strategic partnerships for collaboration on major scientific initiatives that have strengthened America’s leadership in science and technology. I am delighted to have been elected to the ORAU Board of Directors and I welcome the opportunity to increase my involvement with ORAU as a board member,” said Herdman. “With a strong background in computational science, high performance computing and applied mathematics, I look forward to serving as a valuable asset to ORAU in the development of future scientific research and educational programs.”

Lomax, a professor of plant biology, was recently named vice chancellor for research and graduate studies at North Carolina State University after serving as interim vice chancellor since June 2008. Prior to that she was dean of NC State’s graduate school, where she led the development and implementation of a strategic plan for graduate education.

Maziar currently serves as vice president and senior associate provost for the University of Notre Dame, where she provides oversight for the development of the academic budget, for the faculty appointment process, for the non-tenure track faculty promotion process, and for the implementation of the strategic plan.

“ORAU has long been known as a model organization for its work in connecting the research capacity of Oak Ridge and the other DOE National Laboratories to research and educational infrastructure of an important cross section of our nation’s universities,” said Maziar. “In doing so, ORAU serves aspects of the core missions of both the national laboratories and the universities.  It is a privilege and an honor to serve on ORAU’s board in order to promote this important work.”

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.”

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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