A former president of Purdue University has received President Barack Obama's nomination to head the National Science Foundation. France Cordóva served as Purdue's leader from 2002-2007. July 31, 2013

News Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

France Anne Cordova - Director, National Science Foundation

Sarah Bloom Raskin - Deputy Secretary, Department of the Treasury

Sylvia I. Garcia - Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs, Department of Transportation

Jo Handelsman - Associate Director for Science, Office of Science and Technology Policy

Gregory B. Starr - Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security, Department of State

Karen Stanton - Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, Department of State

Amy J. Hyatt - Ambassador to the Republic of Palau, Department of State

President Obama said, "The extraordinary dedication these individuals bring to their new roles will greatly serve the American people. I am grateful they have agreed to serve in this Administration and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come."

President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Dr. France Anne Cordova, Nominee for Director, National Science Foundation

Dr. France Anne Cordova is President Emerita of Purdue University, where she served as President from 2007 to 2012. From 2002 to 2007, Dr. Cordova served as Chancellor of the University of California at Riverside, where she was a Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy. Previously, Dr. Cordova was the Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor of Physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara from 1996 to 2002. She served as NASA’s Chief Scientist from 1993 to 1996. She was on the faculty of the Pennsylvania State University, where she served as Head of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics from 1989 to 1993. Dr. Cordova served as Deputy Group Leader in the Earth and Space Sciences Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1988 to 1989 and Staff Scientist from 1979 to 1989. She is Chair of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution and a member of the National Science Board. Dr. Cordova received a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology.

Source: The Office of President Barack Obama