NSB Statement

NSB Chair Dr. Diane Souvaine's statement on Dr. Panchanathan's nomination for NSF Director

Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan

Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan (Credit and Larger Version)

December 19, 2019

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Sethuraman Panchanathan of Arizona, to be the Director of the National Science Foundation. Dr. Panchanathan currently serves as the Executive Vice President and the Chief Research and Innovation Officer at Arizona State University. He has served on the National Science Board since being appointed in 2014 by President Barack Obama.

 

National Science Board Chair Dr. Diane L. Souvaine issued the following statement:

"I’m delighted by the President’s nomination for NSF Director. It’s been a privilege to have worked with Dr. Panchanathan for the past five years, and I know he is drawn to public service for the right reasons -- a passion for our country and how our discoveries and innovations can make the world a better place. His leadership at Arizona State University has been key to their growth and emergence as an innovator in higher education, especially in terms of partnerships and entrepreneurship. He is the best kind of disruptor, one who understands that the best way to predict the future is to invent it. In working together with the National Science Board, I have been impressed with his care for and understanding of the National Science Foundation’s unique mission. I saw the same qualities in our current Director, Dr. France Córdova, and they have underpinned her exceptional leadership.”

 

About the National Science Board

The National Science Board and the National Science Foundation's Director jointly head NSF. NSB identifies issues critical to NSF's future and establishes the Foundation's policies. The NSB also provides the President and Congress with Science and Engineering Indicators, a biennial report on the state of science and engineering in the United States. Members are appointed by the President for six-year terms and selected for their eminence in research, education and records of distinguished service.

 

Media contact: Nadine Lymn, National Science Board Office, (703) 292-2490, nlymn@nsf.gov


The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2020, its budget is $8.3 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 50,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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