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UT and ORNL name UVA administrator to lead new Oak Ridge Institute

The Senior Executive Director of the Applied Research Institute at the University of Virginia (UVA) has been named Executive Director of the new Oak Ridge Institute (ORI) at the University of Tennessee (UT).

Established last year to align the expertise and infrastructure of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and UT in support of world-leading research and talent development, ORI will be led by Joan Bienvenue who will also serve as a Vice Provost at UT, Knoxville. She begins her new position March 8.

Bienvenue launched the UVA program in June 2013. As ORI Executive Director, she will develop a strategy for establishing leading-edge interdisciplinary graduate research in emerging fields, build world-leading programs that leverage UT and ORNL’s capabilities, and lead recruitment of faculty, staff, and students.

She served almost five years as Program Manager and Chief Scientist of Biometrics/Health and Life Sciences for Lockheed Martin, with responsibility for program management, business development, research commercialization, and technical leadership. Bienvenue is a chemist by training, with a Ph.D. in chemistry from UVA, a Master’s in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven in Connecticut, a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Rivier University in New Hampshire, and an MBA from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia.

Click here to read more about yesterday’s announcement.

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