‘Our people are what make this company great’
ORAU celebrates its 75th anniversary
The Oak Ridge Institute for Nuclear Studies, which would later be renamed Oak Ridge Associated Universities, was incorporated by the State of Tennessee on October 17, 1946. On the same day, ORINS hosted the first-ever meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions, which included representatives from 14 Southern research universities.
Those charter member universities, all of which are still members of ORAU’s 127-member-strong university consortium today, were:
- University of Alabama
- Auburn University
- Catholic University of America
- Duke University
- Emory University
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- University of Kentucky
- Louisiana State University
- University of North Carolina
- University of Tennessee
- University of Texas at Austin
- Tulane University
- Vanderbilt University
- University of Virginia
The first-year budget for ORINS was $30,000, which has the equivalent purchasing power of $420,872.31 today, according to the Consumer Price Index Inflation Calculator.
What makes a company like ORAU built to last for 75 years and beyond? Andy Page, president and CEO, says our strength is in our people.
“We attract people who are totally dedicated to the mission of public service,” he said. “I think that’s who we’ve always been. Our purpose has always been working programs for the good of America and for the public service of its citizens. What makes us strong is that sense of purpose and mission.”
That sense of dedication is seen in the longevity of our employees. Two recent retirements were of employees who had worked for ORAU for 46 and 55 years, respectively. Page also pointed out that ORAU is a company filled with dedicated professionals who are subject matter experts in every area of the organization.
“When you attract talent like that with the sense of public service, that’s what makes this company great,” he said.