Upton, NY -- The Board of Trustees of Associated Universities, Inc., (AUI) announced today that Peter D. Bond will become the Interim Director for Brookhaven National Laboratory, effective July 7. Dr. Bond, who is currently the Laboratory's Interim Deputy Director in charge of scientific programs, will replace Lyle Schwartz, who had been the Laboratory's Interim Director since May 1.
Michael Bebon will continue in his role as Interim Deputy Director. AUI is the nonprofit research management organization that operates Brookhaven National Laboratory under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). On May 1, DOE announced plans to terminate AUI's contract to manage the Laboratory, in the aftermath of a tritium leak from Brookhaven's High Flux Beam Reactor that caused community concern. A contractor to run the Laboratory is expected to be chosen by November. AUI also operates the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville, Virginia, under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Schwartz had been appointed President of AUI in March of this year, and he will remain in that position. Dr. Schwartz commented, "Brookhaven is in need of a full-time Director, and my appointment as its Interim Director was always viewed as temporary until our search could be completed.
"Of all the decisions I've made in the brief span of the three and one-half months since becoming AUI President, I'm most proud of my selection of Peter Bond and Michael Bebon as interim leaders. I believe these two dedicated administrators will ensure that Brookhaven will successfully get through this tough transition period and emerge stronger than ever."
To help change the culture at the Laboratory, the new interim managers will use a new management improvement plan instituted by Dr. Schwartz. Under the Management Systems Improvement Plan, a team of Brookhaven's top managers, as well as representatives from DOE, other laboratories and industry, have been working to expand senior management involvement in the leadership of the Laboratory, increase communication within the Laboratory and with all of its stakeholders, and integrate issues of ES&H into all aspects of the Laboratory's management.
Dr. Bond said, "BNL has a proud history of doing forefront science, and that will remain our mission, but DOE and the public have been questioning the Laboratory's ability to handle ES&H issues. The only way to regain their trust is to perform as well in these areas as we do in science."
Dr. Bond joined Brookhaven in 1972 as an assistant physicist, concentrating on basic research in nuclear physics. He became a senior physicist in 1986, and Physics Department Chair in 1987.
After earning a B.A. in physics from Harvard University in 1962 and an M.A. in education in 1963, he taught high school mathematics in Cleveland from 1963-64. He then earned a Ph.D. in physics from Case Western Reserve University in 1969. After receiving his doctoral degree, he spent three years as a research associate at Stanford University.
A Fellow of both the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dr. Bond was recently named Deputy Director for a new physics research center at Brookhaven funded by the Japanese Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, called the RIKEN BNL Research Center.
Founded in 1947, Brookhaven National Laboratory carries out basic and applied research in physical, biomedical and environmental sciences and in selected energy technologies.
NOTE TO LOCAL EDITORS: Peter Bond is a resident of Stony Brook, New York.