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Rigell joins ORAU as associate director of science education

April 25, 2011

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) has selected Dr. Craig D. Rigell as associate director of science education programs.

Dr. Craig D. Rigell

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In this new role, Rigell will use resources at the ORAU Center for Science Education and build upon existing partnerships with the U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and ORAU member institutions to advance science, technology engineering and math, or STEM education.

Focused on kindergarten through grade 12, Rigell will lead ORAU teacher professional development programs as well as complementary activities in support of vital education initiatives across the state and region.

“We’re very fortunate to have Craig join ORAU,” said Dr. Wayne Stevenson, ORAU vice president and director of science education programs. “He brings talents, skills and state-wide experience as a respected educator that will be invaluable as ORAU continues to increase its support for Tennessee’s First to the Top Program and other K-12 STEM education.”

Rigell has more than 40 years of education experience, including 38 years directly related to K-12 education. Most recently, he served for ten years as the director of the Athens City School System in Athens, Tenn. Before that, Rigell spent 12 years as principal of Willow Brook Elementary School in Oak Ridge, Tenn., where he worked to implement a year-round school calendar with 45 days on and three weeks off. In addition to his educational background, Rigell was selected in 1987 as a Tennessee finalist for NASA's prestigious Teacher in Space program.

Rigell earned a B.A. in history from Maryville College, a M.S. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Tennessee, and a doctorate in education leadership studies also from the University of Tennessee. He served as President of the Board of Directors for the United Way of McMinn and Meigs counties and served on the Board of Directors for the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce. He has also served terms on the Board of Directors for the McMinn County Economic Development Council, Junior Achievement and is a Past-President of the Tennessee Association of Independent and Municipal Schools.

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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