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Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003
Michael Reese (510) 987-9179

Atkinson appoints Los Alamos oversight board

University of California President Richard C. Atkinson today announced the appointment of a five-member oversight board to help guide Los Alamos National Laboratory Interim Director George P. "Pete" Nanos in scientific and management operations.

The appointments are the latest in a sweeping series of personnel changes and new controls on laboratory administrative, business and audit operations announced by Atkinson during the past several weeks.

The oversight board members are:

  • University of California Regent Richard C. Blum of Blum Capital Partners in San Francisco, an investment firm

  • Sidney D. Drell, professor emeritus, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center

  • Chancellor Robert C. Dynes of UC San Diego, a physicist

  • Regent Gerald L. Parsky of the Aurora Capital Partners in Los Angeles, an investment firm

  • Regent Peter Preuss, president of the Preuss Foundation

"The oversight board brings together a group of knowledgeable and experienced people from diverse areas," Atkinson said. "I believe each of the members will provide Admiral Nanos with invaluable expertise and insight as he addresses his challenging assignment."

Both Blum and Parsky are highly regarded financial experts with long experience in financial management. Parsky's firm acquires and builds middle-market companies in the industrial sector of the economy. Under his leadership, Blum's firm has helped to build numerous publicly and privately owned companies both in the United States and abroad.

Drell served in 2001-02 as chair of the senior review board for the Intelligence Technology Innovation Center and also served in 1992-2001 as a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.

Dynes is a physicist specializing in semiconductor research. He came to UC San Diego in 1991 after a 22-year career with AT&T Bell Laboratories and was appointed chancellor in 1996. He has two decades of experience consulting and advising on national laboratory oversight issues, including as vice chair of the President's Council on the National Laboratories.

Preuss is president of The Preuss Foundation, which is involved in brain tumor research. In 1970, he founded Integrated Software Systems Corporation, the first software company specializing in computer graphics. He is chairman of the Regents' Committee on Oversight of Department of Energy Laboratories.

Atkinson indicated that additional members to the Oversight Board might be named in the future to bring additional outside expertise to its oversight functions.

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