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OSU's Richard Spinrad Will Be New NOAA Administrator

Oregon State University

An Oregon State University oceanography professor will be the new leader of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA.

The Senate confirmed Richard “Rick” Spinrad last week. President Joe Biden nominated him in April. Spinrad previously served as NOAA’s chief scientist in the Obama Administration. He’s the third person from OSU to serve as NOAA administrator. Former OSU President John Byrne held the post during the Reagan administration and Jane Lubchenco, OSU Distinguished Professor, led NOAA under Obama.

Spinrad lives near Sisters, Oregon. He was previously OSU’s vice president for research. He returned to OSU in 2016 as a professor of Oceanography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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