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ORAU Board Welcomes Six New Directors

April 5, 2010

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—The Oak Ridge Associated Universities’ (ORAU) Council of Sponsoring Institutions announced the election of six new members to the Board of Directors at the group’s 66th annual meeting 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):

  • Tony P. DeCrappeo, President, Council on Governmental Relations
  • Zach Wamp, Former U.S. Representative from the Third Congressional District, State of Tennessee

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

Dr. W. Ross Ellington

Dr. W. Ross Ellington

Ellington earned a B. S. in zoology from the University of Florida and a M.A. degree in biological science from the University of South Florida. He received his Ph.D. Biological Science from the University of Rhode Island where he specialized in the comparative biochemistry of marine organisms. Ellington subsequently completed postdoctoral work in biochemistry and has been a faculty member at FSU since 1981.

Dr. Ellington was Director of the FSU Marine Laboratory from 1985-1989 and served as Director of the Institute of Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology Program from 1997-2005. In the fall of 2005, he became an Associate Vice President and was asked to lead the Pathways of Excellence Initiative, a transformational effort to enhance research and doctoral student training at FSU through strategic investments in faculty and infrastructure. In May 2010, Chancellor Frank Brogan of the Florida Board of Governors appointed Dr. Ellington Chair of the Florida Oil Spill Academic Task Force. This task force serves as a clearing house of information on expertise and capabilities in Florida institutions of higher learning.

“I am honored to be elected to the Board. ORAU is a uniquely nimble organization in terms of its ability to respond to the needs of the R&D community. I am particularly interested in ORAU's science education programs which impact pipeline issues critical to national competitiveness.”

Dr. David C. Lee

Dr. David C. Lee

Lee joined the University of Georgia as Vice President for Research in September 2005. There, he oversees research in the university's 16 colleges and schools as well as in more than a dozen interdisciplinary research centers and institutes. The Office of the Vice President for Research also is responsible for sponsored research; research compliance; technology transfer and commercialization; research communications; and much of the UGA research infrastructure and support services. He also serves as Executive Vice President for the University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc., and as Vice President of the UGA Real Estate Foundation.

Lee earned a Bachelor of Science in biology at Stanford University and a doctoral degree in biochemistry from the University of Washington. He began his career in private industry, at Oncogen in Seattle, and in 1985 moved to the University of North Carolina. Lee began his tenure at UNC – Chapel Hill as an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and as a member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. In 1995 he became a full professor and in 1998 was named chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, a position he held until his UGA appointment in 2005.

“It is truly an honor to be given this opportunity to serve such an outstanding and diverse group of member institutions. I am inspired by ORAU's focus on national priorities and also building appropriate partnerships to address them. I look forward to serving on the Board”

Dr. Christopher D. McKinney

Dr. Christopher D. McKinney

McKinney earned a B. A. in psychology from the Willamette University and a M.B.A. in management from Oregon State University. He received his Ph.D. in political Science from Idaho State University.

McKinney currently serves as the Director of the Office of Technology Transfer and Enterprise Development at Vanderbilt University. His present role involves leading the technology transfer function for Vanderbilt which includes identifying, protecting, marketing, and licensing promising new technologies as well as supporting sponsored R&D, clinical trials, and materials transfer relationships. McKinney is also responsible for new venture development and business incubation efforts at Vanderbilt.

“I am honored to join ORAU's board and serve the organization as it builds on great success while moving into the future.”

Dr. Curt M. Peterson

Dr. Curt M. Peterson

Peterson leads West Virginia University's research enterprise as Vice President for Research and Economic Development and President of the WVU Research Corporation. Under Peterson's leadership, funding for sponsored programs since 2007 has increased 28 percent – an increase of more than $39 million and an all-time high for sponsored funding at WVU.

Peterson earned a B.S. in biology from Moorhead State University, and received his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Oregon. Before coming to WVU in 2005, he served in positions that ranged from assistant professor to Associate Dean at the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Northern Colorado, and Auburn University.

“I am pleased to have been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for ORAU, and I look forward to serving on this Board to address the challenges of keeping America on the leading edge of science and technology.”

Tony P. DeCrappeo

Tony P. DeCrappeo

DeCrappeo is currently President of the Council on Governmental Relations. Prior to being appointed President, he was Vice President for Business Operations and Director, Cost Studies and Policy at COGR, providing staff support to the COGR Board and Committees with particular attention to research costing, financial and audit issues. In addition DeCrappeo worked with special COGR Working Groups on the impacts on research from new policies and regulations on Export Controls, Biosecurity, and Select Agents.

Prior to working for COGR, DeCrappeo was Director of the Office of Grants and Contracts at New Mexico State University, from 1992-1995. From 1981 to 1992, he worked for the Pennsylvania State University, first as Senior Auditor in the Internal Audit Department, then as Associate Director in the Office of Sponsored Programs, before leaving for New Mexico State.

“It's a distinct honor to be elected to the ORAU Board of Directors. ORAU's focus on research collaborations for innovation and science education is vital to strengthen our global competitiveness and economic security, and I look forward to working with my distinguished colleagues on the Board and representatives from ORAU member universities to advance its mission.”

Zach Wamp

Zach Wamp

Wamp was instrumental in the formation and success of the Tennessee Valley Technology Corridor, helping create the jobs of the future. What started in 1995 as a regional economic summit has grown into a national, award-winning, economic development organization focused on high-tech research, development, manufacturing and investment in the Tennessee Valley Corridor. This partnership has paid major dividends in the way of thousands of new, quality jobs for Tennesseans.

Other accomplishments during his congressional tenure include combating methamphetamine production in Tennessee; keeping the aging Chickamauga Lock open and operational; preserving Moccasin Bend; advancing the region's science leadership; providing energy tax incentives; and naming Emancipation Hall.

“I am honored to join ORAU's prestigious board and prepare to help them serve our universities and research institutions across the country. We stand on the shoulders of so many great leaders who have made ORAU what it is today. We will do our best to uphold this tradition and carry their legacy forward. ”

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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