New Assistant Administrator for NOAA

26 Jan 2011
David Kennedy, NOAA assistant administrator for the National Ocean Service. Credit: NOAA

David Kennedy, NOAA assistant administrator for the National Ocean Service. Credit: NOAA

David Kennedy has been named NOAA assistant administrator for the National Ocean Service effective immediately.

He has served in an acting capacity since January 2010 when John Dunnigan was named a senior policy advisor to the NOAA administrator. The announcement was made by under secretary of commerce and NOAA administrator Dr Jane Lubchenco.

“David has served both NOAA and the nation exceptionally well in his NOAA career, and in particular over the past nine months as the overall NOAA response coordinator for the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill response,” said Lubchenco. “His overall experience, coupled with a leadership approach that promotes teamwork to effectively deal with issues are important attributes as we face tremendous challenges in the ocean and coastal environment. I am delighted he has agreed to fill this important position.”

“I am both honoured and pleased to accept this appointment,” said Kennedy. “The National Ocean Service is made up of highly dedicated, enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable professionals. Over the past few months I have been able to see them directly in action. The Ocean Service is a diverse organisation with a wide range of responsibilities involving scientific research, hazmat response and restoration, coastal and resource management and now the centre of the national ocean policy, coastal and marine spatial planning. With NOS being the lead for NOAA’s coastal goal their synergy will be extremely important as we move forward.”

Kennedy, a 22-year NOAA career employee, was previously director of NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM). Included in OCRM’s responsibilities are federal consistency, coordination with state and local coastal zone management programs and the National Estuarine Research Reserves System, the new National System of Marine Protected Areas, and the land acquisition grant program, Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program.

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