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ORAU welcomes new board members, two new university consortium members

Speakers at the ORAU Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions on March 6, 2023

ORAU announced the election of new members to its board and to the joint board/nominating committee and welcomed two new institutions to its current 153-member University Consortium. The announcement was made during the ORAU Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions on Monday, March 6, 2023.

The following leaders were elected to the ORAU board of directors, representing the Council of Sponsoring Institutions, and will begin serving in June: Michele M. Masucci, Ph.D., vice chancellor for research and economic development, University System of Maryland, including faculty appointments at the University of Maryland and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and Joseph J. Pancrazio, Ph.D., vice president for research, University of Texas at Dallas. Michelle Hutnik, Ph.D., director of research analytics at Penn State University, is an outgoing member of the board. Hutnik served as a member of board from March 2020 to March 2023.

Chris Fall, Ph.D., vice president for applied sciences at MITRE Labs, was elected as an at-large member of the ORAU Board of Directors.

The following leaders were named to the joint board/nominating committee: Matt Hulver, Ph.D., vice president of research, knowledge enterprise, Arizona State University; Satyendra Kumar, Ph.D., associate vice president for research and economic development, University at Albany; and Coleen Pugh, Ph.D., dean of the graduate school and vice president for research, Wichita State University.

ORAU also announced the addition of the following universities to its consortium as sponsoring and associate member institutions:

  • University of Arizona, sponsoring institution and a Hispanic-Serving Institution, is a public research university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
  • Navajo Technical University, associate member institution and the first Tribal university to join the ORAU University Consortium, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

“The mission for ORAU’s Research and University Partnerships Office is to advance national priorities and serve the public interest by integrating academic, government and scientific resources globally. Our new board and consortium members will help us continue to meet that mission. Together, we will build upon the momentum our team has created to strategically position ORAU for the future,” said ORAU President and CEO Andy Page.

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ORAU, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, provides science, health, and workforce solutions that address national priorities and serve the public interest. Through our specialized teams of experts and access to a consortium of more than 150 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local, and commercial customers to provide innovative scientific and technical solutions and help advance their missions. ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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