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Friday, November 8, 2002
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JOHN McTAGUE ANNOUNCES PLANS TO LEAVE UC LAB MANAGEMENT POSITION
TENURE MARKED BY STRONG MANAGEMENT AND OVERSIGHT IMPROVEMENTS
AT NATIONAL LABS
After leading the University of California to strong improvements
in the management and oversight of the Lawrence Berkeley,
Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories, Vice
President of Laboratory Management John P. McTague has announced
his intention to return to UC Santa Barbara, where he holds
a position as Professor of Materials.
Dr. McTague has served as the Vice President of Laboratory
Management since the University created the position in 2001
to help strengthen oversight and management of three national
laboratories that the University of California operates for
the Department of Energy (DOE) and its National Nuclear Security
It has been an honor and pleasure to work with an exceptionally
able and collegial team at the laboratories, the UC Office
of the President, DOE and NNSA. These laboratories are unique
national resources, and I look forward to continuing to help
them perform their invaluable service to our nation in any
way I can, said Dr. McTague.
During his tenure, Dr. McTague initiated efforts that improved
the Universitys management of the laboratories in a
number of key areas including security, safety and accountability.
Under his leadership, for example, UC engaged industrial firms
to obtain important expertise in security and project management
to first reassess and then strengthen the labs internal
systems in these areas.
Dr. McTagues announcement comes a month after the NNSA,
the semi-autonomous agency that oversees the national security
labs at Livermore and Los Alamos, completed a focused two-year
review of the Universitys contract in five specific
areas: Management Accountability, Safety and Security, Facilities
Safety, Project Management and Critical Skills (skilled workforce
retention). The University received the highest performance
rating possible from the NNSA in all categories. Additionally,
the labs consistently receive outstanding rankings from NNSA
for the quality of their science and technology programs.
Dr. McTague also improved the internal procedures for completing
large-scale complex scientific projects on budget and on time.
Indeed, under Dr. McTagues leadership, one of the more
complex contemporary scientific projects -- the National Ignition
Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore -- reversed its previous
history of cost overruns and construction delays. The project,
a critical component of our nations nuclear stockpile
stewardship program, has now met the latest DOE milestones
for cost and performance.
Its clear that Johns leadership and private
sector experience have led to real changes in the day-to-day
management of the labs, said UC President Richard C.
Atkinson. These improvements come at a time when once
again all of us are reminded of the critical importance of
the scientific mission of the men and women working in these
While I am pleased with our progress, the University
will continue to pursue every opportunity to strengthen our
management performance of these important national science
and technology assets. Therefore, the appointment of a successor
will have my highest priority, President Atkinson concluded.
McTagues resignation will become effective with the
appointment of a new vice president.
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