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ORAU Board Welcomes Two New Directors,
Re-elects Another

April 8, 2010

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—The Oak Ridge Associated Universities’ (ORAU) Board of Directors announced the election of two new board members and the re-election of a third at the group’s 65th 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:

Sponsoring Positions

At-Large Position (re-elected):

  • Admiral. J. Paul Reason, U. S. Navy (Retired)

“These directors bring a wealth of administrative, academic and research leadership across multiple disciplines to the ORAU Board of Directors,” said ORAU President and CEO Andy Page. “Their experience and knowledge will be a tremendous asset as we continue to explore new business opportunities over the coming years.” 

Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier

Droegemeier earned a B. S. with special distinction in meteorology in 1980 from the University of Oklahoma and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in atmospheric science in 1982 and 1985, respectively, from the University of Illinois and Urbana-Champaign. He joined the University of Oklahoma in 1985 as an assistant professor of meteorology, was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 1991, and later promoted to professor in 1998.

In 1989, Droegemeier co-founded the National Science Foundation (NSF) Science and Technology Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS). He served five years as its deputy director and later directed the program from 1994 to 2006. In 2003, Droegemeier co-founded the NSF Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere, and currently serves as its deputy director.

In 2004, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to a six-year term on the National Science Board, the NSF governing body that also provides science policy guidance to Congress and the President. He presently chairs the board’s Committee on Programs and Plans. In 2009, Droegemeier was appointed vice president for research at the University of Oklahoma.

“ORAU is a role model in its use of creative partnerships among industry, government and academia to address some of the nation’s greatest challenges in scientific research and education,” said Droegemeier. “Stewarding this wonderful resource is the role of the ORAU Board, and I’m privileged to serve on it to help ORAU achieve its full potential.”

Dr. John Horack

Horack joined the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHunstville) as vice president for research in February 2009. He oversees the university’s 15 research centers and laboratories and three research-related offices. Altogether, the research units account for approximately $73 million in annually sponsored research. Horack earned his M.S and Ph.D. degrees in physics at UAHuntsville and his B.S. degree in physics and astronomy from Northwestern University.

Prior to joining UAHuntsville, Horack was the director of the Science and Mission Systems Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. In this role, he led a team of 200 civil service scientists and engineers, along with several hundred contract employees. In 2000, Horack was a co-founder, executive and board member of the Huntsville-based Mobular Technologies.

He serves on the International Astronautical Federation’s Space Transportation Congress and is the co-author of more than 85 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, book and monographs, and conference proceedings. In 1999, his team was awarded the Webby Award for NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center in the category of “Best Science on the Internet.”

“I am deeply honored to have been elected to the Board of ORAU,” said Horack. “Research is the first link in the value chain of prosperity. The member universities of ORAU are research and education leaders in energy, environment, materials, sustainability and other important areas critical to keeping our nation secure and prosperous.”

Admiral J. Paul Reason (Retired)

Reason, who retired from the Navy as the commander-in-chief of the U. S. Atlantic Fleet, served in a variety of responsibilities during a naval career of more than 30 years. He currently serves as a corporate director for Amgen, Inc.; Norfolk Southern Corporation; and Todd Shipyards, Inc., and previously served as a corporate director for Walmart Stores, Inc.  He also currently serves as a member of the Naval Studies Board, an historic operating unit of the National Academy of Sciences that specializes in defining strategic and technical advances for the United States Navy.

Reason earned his B.S. degree from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1965 and earned his M.S. in computer systems management from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1970. Following his retirement, Reason served as president and chief operating officer as well as vice chairman for Metro Machine Corporation, a ship repair organization with facilities in Norfolk, Va., and Erie and Philadelphia, Penn.

He also served as naval aide to the President of the United States and as a director for the Virginia National Defense Industrial Authority and is a member of the National Commission on War Powers.

“It is an honor to again be able to serve the member universities and corporate customers of ORAU,” said Reason. “ORAU and its subsidiaries provide important services through a unique set of skills and interests. It is my intention to support these needs to the best of my ability.”

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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