President Randy Boyd shared some developments at the Oak Ridge Institute at UT (ORI at UT). A national search for the first executive director and vice provost of the Oak Ridge Institute at UT is underway.
ORNL Director Thomas Zacharia and Randy Boyd, in consultation with UT Knoxville Chancellor Donde Plowman and UT Health Science Center Chancellor Steve Schwab, have named Michelle Buchanan, ORNL deputy for science and technology, and Stacey Patterson, UT System vice president for research, as interim co-directors of ORI at UT until a director is named. Suresh Babu, a UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Advanced Manufacturing and Bredesen Center Director, will serve as ORI at UT’s interim education director. Shawn Campagna, UT Knoxville associate department head of chemistry and Director of Science Alliance, will serve as the interim director of strategic programs. Jean Mercer, UT Knoxville assistant vice chancellor for research and director of the office of sponsored programs, will serve as interim director of operations.