OAK RIDGE (WATE) – The director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is stepping down.
Thom Mason notified employees in an email. He is accepting a position at Battelle as senior vice president for laboratory operations.
“Thom has been an exemplary scientific leader and we’re fortunate that he will continue to be engaged with Oak Ridge National Laboratory as he uses his experience and expertise to benefit DOE, Battelle, and other labs where Battelle has a management role,” said Joe DiPietro, chairman of the UT-Battelle board of governors. Battelle has a substantial management role at six DOE labs and one lab for the Department of Homeland Security.
Mason became the director in July 2007. He was responsible for the lab’s research in physics, biology and chemistry.
He graduated from Dalhouise University in Nova Scotia and received a Ph.D. from McMaster University in Ontario.
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander stated:
“Thom Mason has been a transformational leader for Oak Ridge National Laboratory. During his tenure, Thom has led Oak Ridge to new heights in supercomputing, science, nuclear energy, and advanced manufacturing. National laboratories are critical to our nation’s competitiveness and because of his leadership Oak Ridge will continue to play a vital role in our nation’s future. I congratulate Thom on his new role at Battelle.”
Lt. Governor Randy McNally stated:
“Congratulations to my friend Thom Mason on his new position with Battelle. Thom’s tenure at ORNL has been exemplary. His work has advanced ORNL’s overall mission and expanded its reputation at the premiere laboratory in the nation. He is an active and valued member of our community in Oak Ridge. He will be greatly missed.”