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John Nemeth to Retire as VP of ORAU University Partnerships; Dr. Dick Toohey to Serve as Interim

August 18, 2009

ORAU's Vice President for University Partnerships Dr. John Nemeth is retiring effective Sept. 1. With more than 11 years of service, Dr. Nemeth has made many contributions to ORAU's growth and development since coming in 1998 to establish the Office of Partnership Development, today known as the University Partnerships Office.

John has dedicated himself over the years to two main purposes: 1) championing the needs of ORAU's consortium members, providing them with value-added programs and opportunities and, 2) serving as the “face” of ORAU's university partners with federal agencies, national laboratories and industry, nurturing collaborative research opportunities for university faculty and students with these entities.

Dr. Richard Toohey, interim vice president for ORAU University Partnerships

Dr. Richard “Dick” Toohey, interim vice president for ORAU University Partnerships

“Dr. Nemeth has left an undeniable mark on ORAU and his dedication to and influence on the consortium will be greatly missed,” ORAU President Andy Page said.

In the interim, Dr. Richard “Dick” Toohey will head up oversight of this office during the search for Dr. Nemeth's replacement. Dr. Toohey began his appointment on Monday, Aug. 10, working with Dr. Nemeth to maintain continuity of leadership for the office.

Dr. Toohey received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Cincinnati. He spent the first part of his career at Argonne National Laboratory in both research and operational health physics. He has been at Oak Ridge Associated Universities since 1994, where he has served as director of the Radiation Internal Dose Information Center, as senior health physicist for the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site and currently as the director of Dose Reconstruction Programs.

He is certified in comprehensive practice by the American Board of Health Physics, is a member of the National Council for Radiation Protection and Measurements and is the 2008-09 President of the Health Physics Society.

Dr. Toohey has 120 academic articles in refereed journals, including Physical Review, Physical Review Letters, Health Physics, Radiation Protection Dosimetry and Science. He was professor of health physics at Washington State University in Richland, and has had adjunct faculty appointments at Northwestern University, Washington State University and College of DuPage (Illinois). He was also a graduate thesis examiner for the University of Washington and for the University of Tennessee.

He is a retired lieutenant colonel, U.S. Army Reserve. He and his wife Beverly live in Oak Ridge.

“I am very pleased and excited to have the honor of serving as the interim vice president for University Partnerships,” Dr. Toohey said. “I am looking forward to building on the foundation John established and facilitating effective partnerships among our member universities, ORAU programs and the public and private sectors to meet national needs.”

“Dick will do a tremendous job in these interim responsibilities,” Page said. “He brings the ideal combination of long-standing, proven leadership experience at ORAU and a well-respected relationship with academe. In addition to having solid credentials, Dick's enthusiasm for the consortium initiatives will serve ORAU and the member institutions extremely well.”

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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