On December 7 we announced that the UCAR Board of Trustees voted unanimously and the National Science Foundation enthusiastically approved the appointment of Everette Joseph
as the new Director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research
. He will join NCAR on February 4, 2019.
Many of you know Everette and his many contributions to our community. At present, he is Director of the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He also co-leads the $30.5 million New York State Mesonet for advanced weather detection and the New York State Center of Excellence for the Weather Enterprise. A former chair of the UCAR Board of Trustees, Everette has been tapped to direct atmospheric science activities at increasingly higher levels for nearly two decades. During his career, he has served as Principal or Co-Principal Investigator on more than $90 million in research grants from NSF, NOAA, NASA, the Army High Performance Computing Research Center, and other agencies. His engagement with the national and international community began early, with his service as a UCAR Member Representative starting in 2000. He joined the UCAR Board of Trustees in 2011, where his Board colleagues elected him Vice Chair in 2015 and Chair in 2017. You will find more about his professional career in the news release we issued here
As NCAR Director, Everette will oversee all NCAR matters and serve as the senior NCAR liaison to NSF. He takes the helm with a long-time appreciation for the relationships among NCAR, NSF, and the university community. He has a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges in weather, water, climate, air quality and space weather and of the importance that NSF places on innovative and transformational research in our multidisciplinary field.
Everette’s vision and scientific leadership, along with his longstanding commitment to diversity and education, will be great assets to NCAR and our community as we work with NSF and other agencies, and with all of you - our university colleagues and members of the public and private research and applications sectors.
My sincere thanks go to all the members of the Search Committee, who so ably worked with executive search firm Witt/Kieffer to identify an outstanding slate of semifinalists and four finalists: Committee Chair Kristie Boering
(University of California, Berkeley; UCAR Board Member) and Committee members Terri Adams
(Howard University), Rita Colwell
(Johns Hopkins; University of Maryland, College Park; and CosmosID), Chris Davis
(NCAR), Charlette Geffen
(Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, UCAR Board), Anke Kamrath
(NCAR), Bill Kuo
(UCAR Community Programs), Rachel McCrary
(NCAR), Michael Morgan
(University of Wisconsin–Madison, UCAR Board), Scott Rayder
(UCAR), Yaga Richter
(NCAR), and Kathy Sullivan
(Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum).
My thanks as well to the NCAR Interim Directors: Vanda Grubišić
, Director of the Earth Observing Laboratory; and Scott McIntosh
, Director of the High Altitude Observatory. Scott will continue holding the interim position from December through early February, when Everette starts.
Everette has participated in UCAR events at the AGU meeting in Washington, DC, this week. He will also attend the AMS meeting in Phoenix in January, where I hope many of you will attend the NCAR Strategic Plan Town Hall
. Your input as this plan develops is vital.
Please join me in congratulating Everette and welcoming him as the next NCAR Director.
Antonio J. Busalacchi