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Lester to lead ORAU’s scientific and technical peer review program

June 14, 2010

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities has appointed Tony Lester as vice president and director of its program focused on peer review services. Lester has been serving in this role in an acting capacity since September 2009.

Tony Lester

Tony Lester

In his role, Lester manages a research peer review capability that coordinates the use of independent, expert reviewers to determine the scientific technical feasibility of proposals submitted in response to government agency research needs. His team works closely with the federal government to provide liaison, consultation and operations support during the planning and execution of customers’ grant management cycles. The group assists federal managers in assessing proposals, research program and outcomes, and scientific and technical information.

The scientific and technical review program works with more than 2,000 faculty members and researchers from about 300 institutions annually.

“Tony’s proven leadership and strategic oversight for this program is helping build upon its national reputation as a leader in scientific peer review and related services,” said ORAU president and CEO Andy Page. “I am confident Tony’s vast experience both here at ORAU and outside the company will help this program further develop its reputation, services and capabilities in the long-term.”

Lester has worked more than 20 years with ORAU in various assignments and served as vice president of strategic development for three years prior to his current assignment. From 1998 to 2006, he was the director of business development for ORAU. Prior to joining ORAU, Lester worked for more than 20 years in construction project management, nuclear skills training and quality management.

Lester has a B.S. in education from the University of Tennessee (UT), with a concentration in industrial training and supervision and an M.S. in management from Regis University in Denver, Colo. Additionally, he has completed all coursework required by UT for a Ph.D. in social psychology. He was selected following a national search.

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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