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Mission, Vision & Values

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) provides innovative scientific and technical solutions for the U.S. Department of Energy and other federal agencies to advance national priorities in science, health and education. We do this through our specialized teams of experts and a consortium of more than 100 universities.

Our mission:

To advance national priorities and serve the public interest by integrating academic, government and scientific resources globally.

Our vision:

To be the recognized, preferred leader when national and global priorities require innovative scientific and technical solutions.

Our values:

  • Agility: We will adjust rapidly to changing situations, needs and priorities.
  • Customer service: We are mission focused to meet or exceed our customer’s needs.
  • Diversity: We appreciate and utilize individual differences to create innovative solutions.
  • Employees: We strive to create a culture of empowerment and personal growth where our employees are valued and recognized for their contributions.
  • Innovation: We will constantly strive to find creative solutions, drawing upon the resourcefulness of our employees, universities and partners.
  • Integrity: We will honor our commitments, holding ourselves accountable to each other and to our customers.
  • Quality: We strive to exceed customer performance standards through focus on accuracy, consistency and continuous improvement.
  • Safety/security: We will provide a safe and secure work environment to protect our employees, information, customer assets, etc.
  • Teamwork: Our strength comes from working together toward a common goal through internal and external partnerships.
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    Leading for others: Going further together in human resources

    ORAU’s Director of Human Resources Mae Mosley has been a staple of employee relations at ORAU for more than five years. In this role, she manages talent management services, talent development and performance, employee relations and diversity; and the impossible task of remembering almost every employee’s name.

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    Building partnerships with HBCUs

    Cathy Fore’s 25 years of leadership in collaborating with Historically Black Colleges and Universities made her a valuable panelist at the 2018 National HBCU Week Conference in Washington, D.C.

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    Advocating for better care

    Justin Fields, an information security specialist at ORAU, uses creative marketing skills to advocate for the fight against Parkinson’s disease.

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    In their shoes: Leading with empathy

    As a business systems analyst in the Information Technology (IT) Department, Dee-Dee James says her personal leadership commitment to ORAU is always to put people first. “At the end of the day, being an ORAU leader does not mean I have to hold an executive position or title. I am an ORAU leader because I understand my role, which is to put all people first and provide the best service possible for my organization’s IT needs.”

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ORAU employees

Employees drive ORAU's mission, vision & values

At ORAU, employees are the catalyst behind the mission, the driving force behind our performance and the innovative spirit behind the scientific and technical solutions for our customers. ORAU’s core values are focused on innovation, expertise, diversity, quality, teamwork, agility, integrity, safety/security and customer service, and employees are empowered through these values to focus on advancing national priorities and serving the public interest through their unique strengths.

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    Leadership lessons learned in the swimming pool

    Will Artley and John Ebuna were world-class swimmers, whose respective teams swam against each other at a Southeastern Conference meet in 1979. They didn’t know each other during that meet, but their paths crossed again when both men came to work at ORAU. Today, Artley is a technical writer and editor for projects in health communication and marketing. Ebuna works in information technology. Both men agree that, like swimming, being an ORAU leader requires teamwork and communication.

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    Supporting mothers and young children

    Brenda Lee-Longmire, an ORAU administrative support specialist, helps at-risk single mothers gain a better foothold in their lives. Ever the energetic volunteer, she serves on the board of Crossroads Ministry, a nonprofit organization in the process of renovating an old motel that will become Crossroads Center of Hope, transitional housing for women and their young children in East Tennessee.

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    Mentoring young men and women

    Rebecca Crowe is a mentor for participants in The Men of Tomorrow program. She enjoys giving back to an organization that has allowed her to mentor a family in which three children graduated from the program.

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