NOAA names new assistant administrator

07 Feb 2013
Holly A. Bamford is the assistant administrator for NOAA's National Ocean Service. Credit: NOAA

Holly A. Bamford is the assistant administrator for NOAA's National Ocean Service. Credit: NOAA

NOAA has appointed Holly A. Bamford, Ph.D., as the new assistant NOAA administrator for the agency’s National Ocean Service, succeeding David M. Kennedy who was named the new NOAA deputy under secretary for operations.

Prior to her appointment, Ms Bamford served as deputy assistant administrator for NOS.

“Holly not only brings strong scientific credentials to this position, but she also has significant leadership and management expertise. She is particularly well qualified for this position and I'm confident in her ability to lead NOS as it works to support healthy communities and economies,” said Jane Lubchenco, under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator.

As assistant administrator, Ms Bamford oversees NOS, which serves as the lead federal agency providing science-based solutions to address economic, environmental, and social pressures on US oceans and coasts.

Ms Bamford had been deputy assistant administrator since 2011. She was also the first director of NOAA’s Marine Debris Program, where she brought national recognition to the program and the issues related to marine debris. Ms Bamford has served on a number of scientific and advisory committees and presented at a number of national and international meetings and academic institutions.

Throughout her academic and federal service, Ms Bamford has received a number of prestigious awards for the demonstration of exceptional management, leadership, and partnership skills.

“It’s an honour to have been selected for this position,” said Ms Bamford. “The National Ocean Service boasts a diverse portfolio of highly dedicated and extremely knowledge professionals who run excellent programs that serve Americans every day. NOS translates science into action, delivering the information, tools, and technical services needed to support our nation in a multitude of ways.”

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