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ORAU welcomes new board members, new consortium institutions

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—ORAU recently announced the election of four new board members and welcomed four new institutions to its more than 120-member university consortium.

The following leaders are newly elected ORAU board members, who will begin serving in June:

  • Jeffrey T. Bolin, Ph.D., Purdue University, is associate vice president for Research Centers, Cores and Research Development Services and professor of biological sciences at Purdue University. Bolin will serve as the new council vice chair.
  • Aimee Kennedy, Ph.D., Battelle, is senior vice president for education, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning and philanthropy at Battelle.
  • Frances Ligler, Ph.D., North Carolina State University/University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the Lampe Distinguished Professor for the joint department of biomedical engineering.
  • Gen. John Regni, U.S. Air Force (retired), is a strategic planning consultant who served 36 years of commissioned service with the U.S. Air Force in personnel, training, education and command positions.

Ann C. Savoca, Ph.D., a technology management executive, was re-elected to the ORAU Board of Directors.

ORAU also announced the addition of the following universities to its consortium as sponsoring institutions, which are institutions of higher learning that grant doctoral degrees in multiple STEM fields and are among the nation’s top research universities:

  • Iowa State University, a public, nonprofit institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
  • Mercer University, a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Portland State University, a public, nonprofit institution accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

At the same time, Western Michigan University became an associate member of the ORAU university consortium. Associate members are those institutions of higher learning offering bachelor’s, master’s or a limited number of doctoral degrees in the STEM fields.

“We’re honored to have these distinguished individuals and institutions help us continue building upon the momentum our team has created to strategically position ORAU for the future,” said ORAU President and CEO Andy Page.

About ORAU

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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