University of California names
George Miller interim Livermore Lab
By Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News Service
March 16, 2006
LIVERMORE (BCN) - The University of California announced
today that veteran university employee George H. Miller has been
appointed interim director of the Lawrence Livermore National
UC President Robert Dynes, acting with the approval of U.S.
Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman and the UC Board of Regents,
made the appointment.
UC officials said Miller will take office immediately and is
expected to serve through the remainder of the university's current
contract to manage Livermore Laboratory, which runs through Sept.
Miller replaces Michael Anastasio, who is now head of the Los
Alamos National Security LLC, which was recently awarded the contract
to manage Los Alamos National Laboratory.
In a statement, Dynes said Miller, who has worked for the university
for 34 years and is a nuclear weapons and national security expert,
"has shown tremendous leadership and expertise in nuclear
weapons design and the management of large scale facilities."
Dynes said that as the laboratory prepares for a forthcoming
competition as to who should run it, "George is the right
person to lead this laboratory and the dedicated men and women
who serve our nation."
Dynes said, "Livermore Laboratory continues to be an integral
part of the nation's stockpile stewardship program while also
being a leader in homeland security efforts. With George at the
helm, the laboratory will continue moving forward and providing
a great national service to our country."
In a statement, Miller said, "I am truly honored to lead
this great lab. I have known and worked with all of the laboratory's
previous directors and I have a tremendous amount of respect for
Miller received his B.S. with high honors in physics in 1967,
his M.S. in physics in 1969 and his Ph.D. in physics in 1972,
all from the College of William and Mary.
As interim director of Lawrence Livermore, Miller will receive
a salary of $369,700.
UC officials said Miller will oversee an operation with a $1.6
billion budget and a work force of approximately 8,600 people.
They said the director's salary, like that of all other UC employees
at the laboratory, is paid from funds derived from the federal
Department of Energy contract. No general funds from the state
are used to pay the director's salary.
Miller and his wife, Sue, are residents of Livermore.
UC officials say that the mission of the Livermore Lab, which
was founded in 1952, is to ensure national security and to apply
science and technology to the important current issues.
Lawrence Livermore is managed by UC for the U.S. Department of
Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.
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