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ORAU Board Welcomes Four New Directors

ORAU’s Council of Sponsoring Institutions announced the election of four new members to the Board of Directors at the group’s 68th annual meeting held recently in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

March 18, 2013

Oak Ridge, Tenn.—ORAU’s Council of Sponsoring Institutions announced the election of four new members to the Board of Directors at the group’s 68th annual meeting held recently in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The board provides policy and fiduciary oversight of ORAU operations for its membership.

Sponsoring positions:

  • Dr. Taylor Eighmy, University of Tennessee
  • Dr. Fred King, West Virginia University
  • Dr. David Reed, Michigan Technological University


  • Dr. Larry Dooley, Clemson University

“These new directors bring a wealth of leadership to the ORAU Board of Directors,” said ORAU President and CEO Andy Page. “Their knowledge and experience will be a strong complement to this multi-disciplinary team as we continue to work together to meet our strategic objectives over the coming years.”

R. Larry Dooley, Ph.D.

Larry DooleyDr. Dooley currently serves as the interim vice president for research at Clemson University. In this role, he oversees all research and sponsored activities campus–wide. Formerly, Dooley served as the Interim Dean of the College of Engineering and Science. In that capacity, he oversaw 14 academic departments, which have an enrollment of about 5,000 students, with 23 undergraduate and 45 graduate degree programs. Dooley was also the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, where he coordinated the college’s graduate–level activities – including oversight of the college’s research centers, alliances, and institutes. He directed a pre-award processing division that supports 250 researchers in engineering and science.

With more than 35 years of academic and industrial experience, as well as a broad national perspective, Dr. Dooley has developed a strong reputation for fostering collaborative relationships among private sector entities and various funding agencies. His primary research interests include tissue engineering of cardiovascular and orthopedic biomaterials, implant design, and computer applications in medicine.

“I have come to view ORAU as a dynamic organization that offers it member institutions a unique and collaborative approach to addressing national technical challenges,” said Dooley. “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to serve on the board.”

T. Taylor Eighmy, Ph.D.

EighmyDr. Eighmy currently serves as the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is responsible for technical expertise in proposal development, faculty development, sponsored programs administration, compliance requirements, and external and internal funding opportunities.

Eighmy serves on the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board and chairs the USEPA Research Budget Workgroup. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of Research Policy and Graduate Education of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. He is active in the University Industry Demonstration Partnership of the National Academies and will be hosting the fall 2015 meeting of UDIP in Knoxville.

Eighmy has served as the founding board chair of the National Wind Resource Center and as a board member of the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance and the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in Lubbock, TX. From 2009 through September 2012, he served as the vice president for research and professor of civil engineering at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

“It’s a real honor to be able to serve on the council and board of ORAU,” said Eighmy. “ORAU is a true exemplar in fostering government–university–industry collaboration, and I look forward to serving and making a difference.”

Fred L. King, Ph.D.

Fred KingAs vice president for research, Dr. King oversees the research enterprise for the entire West Virginia University system, including Health Sciences and branch campuses. His responsibilities also include the management of operations of the research office, which facilitates faculty led research at WVU. The office provides support not only to the areas of proposal submission and compliance, but also in Federal relations, project management, shared research facilities operation, HR, and purchasing through the WVU Research Corporation.

Fred King has a 25 year record of contributions to the field of optical spectroscopy and mass spectrometry through his work in the characterization and analytical development of experimental techniques in application areas such as fundamental chemistry, nuclear graphites, diamond films, radioactive and rare earth materials, plasmas, biomaterials, and energy. His publication record includes 43 refereed papers and 7 invited articles in books and technical journals. He and his research colleagues have contributed 103 conference presentations and 24 invited talks to chemistry and spectroscopy societies. He has participated in 6 technical program reviews.

“ORAU is an organization that I have been familiar with since beginning my academic career,” said King. “I consider it to be one of the world’s premier science education and outreach organizations, and I am honored to have been elected to serve as a member of the board.”

David D. Reed, Ph.D.

ReedDr. Reed serves as Michigan Technological University’s vice president for research, overseeing sponsored programs, technology and economic development, and integrity and compliance for research conducted at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Throughout his career he has researched southern pine beetles; the development of tree volume; taper and biomass estimation systems, growth–and–yield modeling; and the development and use of models to detect the often–subtle environmental effects on stand development.

Reed is a professor in Michigan Tech’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science and has been a principal investigator or co–investigator on more than $9 million in externally funded research since coming to the University in 1982. His work has involved researchers from a variety of disciplines at the University as well as from outside institutions, and his many sponsors range from the National Science Foundation to Mead Paper. Reed’s work in forest science represents a balance of theoretical and applied research. Reed has authored or coauthored more than 130 technical publications and has served on more than 100 graduate committees.

“I am very pleased to serve as council chair,” stated Reed. “I look forward to a very exciting and productive term with this outstanding organization.”

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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