UF president appointed to National Science Board

September 19, 2016
Steve Orlando

NOTE: Fuchs' appointment to the National Science Board was made official on Oct. 31.

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President Barack Obama on Friday announced his intention to appoint University of Florida President Kent Fuchs to the National Science Board, the body that oversees the National Science Foundation.

Fuchs is the only NSB member from Florida.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to play a role in our nation’s support of science and engineering research and education,” Fuchs said. “When members of the UF community are able to serve in this way, it increases our university’s visibility and influence.”

The NSB comprises 25 members appointed by the president. The NSF director is an ex officio member. Members serve six-year terms. With the exception of the NSF director, one-third of the board is appointed every two years. NSB members are drawn from industry and universities, and represent a variety of science and engineering disciplines and geographic areas. 

The National Science Board has two roles. First, it establishes NSF policies within the framework of applicable national policies set forth by the president and the Congress.

Second, it serves as an independent body of advisers to both the president and the Congress on policy matters related to science and engineering and education in science and engineering. In addition to major reports, the NSB also publishes occasional policy papers or statements on issues of importance to U.S. science and engineering.

“These fine public servants bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their important roles. I look forward to working with them,” Obama said in the White House news release.

Fuchs, who has been UF’s president since January 2015, is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Association for Computing Machinery. He holds a B.S.E. from Duke University, a M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

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