CORVALLIS, Ore. — The White House is appointing someone from Oregon State University to be the Chief Scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The White House selected Rick Spinrad, who’s the Vice President for Research at OSU. As the Chief Scientist, he will help drive policy and program direction at the agency.
“It’s a real honor,” Spinrad said. “It’s humbling. It’s the kind of thing that after some 35 years in the field, I feel very honored and humbled to be called upon to do this.”
Spinrad will resign as Vice President for Research at OSU, but will take a leave of absence as a tenured faculty member. He starts with NOAA in July.
“It’s bittersweet because I really enjoy working with all these faculty, staff, and students,” Spinrad said. “I’m going to miss that a lot, but it’s going to be a great opportunity and it’s nice to know I’ll be coming back.”