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UF president tapped for National Science Board

University of Florida president W. Kent Fuchs speaks during a news conference.

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University of Florida president W. Kent Fuchs speaks during a news conference.



GAINESVILLE — President Barack Obama plans to appoint the University of Florida’s president to the National Science Board, he announced Friday.

With the appointment, President Kent Fuchs joins a board of 25 members who oversee the National Science Foundation, a federal agency that promotes and funds scientific research. Terms last six years. Fuchs, who has been UF’s president since last January, will be the board’s only Floridian.

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

The board establishes National Science Foundation policies and independently advises both the president and Congress on policy. It focuses on science, engineering and education, sometimes weighing in with policy papers on those topics.

Its members are drawn from relevant industries and universities.

“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 a White House news release.

[Last modified: Monday, September 19, 2016 2:52pm]


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