Monday, Oct. 20, 2003
Chris Harrington (202) 974-6300



Acting on the recommendation of University of California President Robert C. Dynes, the UC Board of Regents today (Oct. 20) appointed retired Admiral S. Robert Foley as vice president for laboratory management.

As vice president, Foley, a longtime naval commander and consultant on energy and defense issues, will have primary responsibility for the university's management of the three national laboratories it administers on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). UC manages Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

"We are honored that Admiral Foley is taking on this leadership position," Dynes said. "Bob is a well-respected, serious manager with deep expertise that will be extremely beneficial as we move toward a decision regarding competition in the laboratory management environment. The work of the national laboratories is critical to our nation's security, and Bob has the experience, the drive and the leadership abilities to ensure that scientific and technological breakthroughs continue while we continue to make management improvements."

Foley succeeds John P. McTague as vice president for laboratory management. Bruce B. Darling, UC senior vice president for university affairs, served as interim vice president for the past 10 months to resolve management problems at the laboratories.

A 1950 U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Foley served in the Navy for 35 years and held several operational commands, including commander of the U.S. Seventh Fleet and commander-in-chief of the Pacific Fleet. In 1985, following his career in the military, Foley was appointed assistant secretary of energy for defense programs by then-President Ronald Reagan.

In 1988, Foley was named president of the advanced technology group at ICF Kaiser Engineers. In 1991, Foley joined the Raytheon Co., where he held a range of positions including vice president for commercial marketing, president of Raytheon Japan and vice president of Asian operations for Raytheon International Inc.

Following his retirement from Raytheon, Foley continued to serve the nation as a consultant to the departments of defense and energy and as a member of President George W. Bush's energy transition team.

From his work with the energy and defense departments, Foley brings an extensive understanding of the national laboratories and significant experience in project management. As DOE assistant secretary for defense programs during the Reagan administration, Foley's position included direct responsibility for the nuclear weapons complex, including the Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories and the other nuclear weapons plants and facilities.

In addition, Foley has served as chair of a series of advisory groups at Los Alamos National Laboratory, including chairman of the program management review panel and chairman of the facilities reutilization and consolidation committee. Foley also served as chairman of the blue ribbon committee to oversee nuclear pit manufacturing and certification. This committee provided the National Nuclear Security Administration with a rigorous review of all of the laboratory's pit program and project activities and related supporting functions.

Foley received his master's degree in international affairs from George Washington University in 1968. He graduated from Naval War College in 1968 and was recognized as a distinguished graduate of the Air War College. Foley has received numerous honors and awards, including the French Legion of Honor, the Japan Order of the Rising Sun (First Class), the U.S. Navy Distinguished Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and the secretary of energy's Gold Medal for Distinguished Service.

Foley's appointment is effective Nov. 1, 2003, and he will be paid $350,900 per year.

The University of California manages the three national laboratories on behalf of the Department of Energy. Today, Livermore and Los Alamos laboratories each employ more then 8,000 UC staff and have combined annual operating budgets exceeding $3.5 billion, while Berkeley Lab has approximately 4,000 employees and an annual budget of nearly $500 million.

The laboratories are major sources of scientific and technical strength for the nation in fields ranging from national security to basic physics, biotechnology, climate studies, computer development, materials science, energy, and the environment. The laboratories contribute to the country's economic competitiveness through research partnerships with industry and engage in math and science education for students and teachers at all levels.

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