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Craig McLean, the first director of NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration, was named today as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Programs and Administration of NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. OAR conducts most of the research in NOAA through seven environmental laboratories, the National Sea Grant College Program, the Climate Program Office, the Office of Ocean Exploration and the National Undersea Research Program.

“McLean brings experience and vision to support the scientific efforts of NOAA’s research office as it continues to conduct the research essential for NOAA to achieve its goals and mission,” said Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., U.S. Navy (Ret.) undersecretary of Commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “Many people depend on NOAA’s quality science to make decisions in their daily lives.”

As Deputy Assistant Administrator for Programs and Administration, McLean will lead the grant programs, and the administrative, information technology and financial activities for OAR. Working with Dr. Richard Spinrad, assistant administrator for oceanic and atmospheric research, and Alexander MacDonald, deputy assistant administrator for laboratories and cooperative institutes, McLean also will help determine future organizational directions, setting priorities on current and future research and other activities, and allocating resources.

“I am pleased that Craig will join OAR’s management team as we move forward to conduct pre-eminent science and provide valuable services to the public,” said Spinrad.

McLean begins his new position Aug.21. In addition to his Ocean Exploration directorship, he has served as deputy assistant administrator of the National Ocean Service and deputy director of the National Marine Sanctuaries Program. A NOAA Corps officer for more than 24 years, he was the commanding officer of the NOAA ship Gordon Gunter, supervising the conversion and bringing on-line of the largest NOAA fisheries research ship. He also served as an attorney/advisor in the office of the NOAA General Counsel.

Mc Lean holds a B.A. degree in zoology from Rutgers College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.; a Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, from the Quinnipiac College, School of Law, Hamden, Conn, and engaged in graduate and additional studies at George Washington University, the University of Maryland, and Georgetown University Law Center.

He lives in Olney, Md.

In 2007 NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, celebrates 200 years of science and service to the nation. Starting with the establishment of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1807 by Thomas Jefferson much of America's scientific heritage is rooted in NOAA. The agency is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners, more than 60 countries and the European Commission to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects.

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