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Monday, January 27, 2014

Director search

Does anyone have inside information on how the search for a new director is going? Is there a short list yet? Who is on it?

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bruce for the win!

Anonymous said...

I believe Bruce G. is one of the top 3 in the list of applicants.

Anonymous said...

Who are the other two?

Anonymous said...

If a gigantic ego is a prerequisite, Bruce qualifies. His lack of technical knowledge and brown nose should disqualify him from any legitimate search. I'm sure he's just the sort of carefully vetted spineless insider that the board of Governors wants to see in charge Livermore.

Anonymous said...

"...If a gigantic ego is a prerequisite, Bruce qualifies. His lack of technical knowledge and brown nose should disqualify him from any legitimate search. I'm sure he's just the sort of carefully vetted spineless insider that the board of Governors wants to see in charge Livermore..."

If a "gigantic ego"or "lack of technical knowledge" were disqualifiers, how many of the LLNS senior management team would need to step down pronto? Being a time tested amoral drone trumps technical skills anyway.

Anonymous said...

Good choices, if they could be convinced to take the job, include Younger, Romig or Rees.

Anonymous said...

Vic did everything he could to save LLNL from extinction at the end of testing. Great choice.

Anonymous said...

Any facts behind any of this?
Or just belief?

Anonymous said...

Good choices, if they could be convinced to take the job, include Younger, Romig or Rees.

January 28, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Rees! Are you kidding me! He was run out of LANL for tangling with the Burn's and TSMs.

Anonymous said...

Bruce "GOD"-win.

Anonymous said...

Bruce is VERY qualified. Nothing wrong with a big ego.

Anonymous said...

I heard it will be Ed Moses, coming back from internal exile and ready to Moses-ise the rest of the lab, now that his nemesis Parney is out the door.

Anonymous said...

"Younger, Romig or Rees."

Reese? Uh um things did not go well at LANL, really really not well. It came to a very abrupt end. I doubt that he will even be considered for such a position or any other position like this again.

Younger, Romig maybe. Younger seems to be getting up there and may not be interested in these kinds of jobs but who knows.

Anonymous said...

"Rees! Are you kidding me! He was run out of LANL for tangling with the Burn's and TSMs.

January 28, 2014 at 5:48 PM"

Ya he as run out, I mean really run out. Does he even have a job anymore?

Anonymous said...

If you are going to suggest that Ed will make a play for the top job, then i might as well suggest that Tomas DdlR will throw his hat into the ring. I guess there is some entertainment value in speculating who the candidates might be near the bottom of the list. After all, the selection process is made to look more competitive when they have a longer list of applicant candidates to choose from.

Anonymous said...

EM Campbell might make a comeback?

Anonymous said...

Bruce is a great guy but he's not liked in DC. Zero chance he could be director.

Anonymous said...

Although Ed has NIF related Hollywood type name recognition, he will not be an acceptable Director unless we want to portray an "in your face" response to NIFs failure to meet funded technical expectations.

Anonymous said...

His wife Stephanie Goodwin would be a better Director than Bruce Goodwin.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure it'll be another member of "the boys club" who will further drive LLNL into the quagmire of sub-mediocrity it currently lives in.

And what's the current age of the lab as all the young people leave? 55? 60? 65?

Anonymous said...

I think our Acting Director Bret Knapp will be made a Director of the Lab once the routine search process finishes. It is the formality they have to follow just like every other posted jobs at the Lab.

Think about it! Why would the Board of Governors brings someone from another state, to make him an Acting Director while we have so many AD on site who could do the interim job.?

I bet BK will be our Director in three months or sooner.

Anonymous said...

Think about it! Why would the Board of Governors brings someone from another state, to make him an Acting Director while we have so many AD on site who could do the interim job.?

I bet BK will be our Director in three months or sooner.

January 31, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Um, how about bringing someone in who is imminently qualified and a nationally known scientific expert and qualified manager, after a national search headed by a sterling committee? What's wrong about doing it right?

Anonymous said...


Know someone like that...who wants the job. Doubtful.

Anonymous said...

TdlR wants the job bad. Put him in the game, coach.

Anonymous said...

UC is putting a lot of effort and money into this search, seems like a big waste if Knapp is the name that comes out of it,

Anonymous said...

Just wait and see! Sometimes they have to go through the motion so no one can accuse them not to have a proper selection process. You won't see much happening now at the lab until we get the permanent Director. Lab management does not want to see its name on the press often so they don't want to take any drastic actions at the moment.

Anonymous said...

Um, how about bringing someone in who is imminently qualified and a nationally known scientific expert and qualified manager, after a national search headed by a sterling committee? What's wrong about doing it right?

January 31, 2014 at 9:50 PM


You had it going there for a time, but then lost it with the "headed by a sterling committee" comment. Taking nothing at all away from some of the historical accomplishments of those serving on the selection committee, the recent past has shown them to have different priorities. This group was composed to select a director that will preserve the status quo, not one that will challenge it.

Anonymous said...

How about bringing in the guy who managed the Sandia National Laboratories chili cookoff:

http://llnlthetruestory.blogspot.com/2013/06/what-waste.html

" Timothy Shepodd (8223) liked the moniker and agreed to call it the “chili cookoff.” But there was no chili involved, and the only “cooking” had to do with the kind of chemicals not usually found on Sandia grounds. "

Anonymous said...

Taking nothing at all away from some of the historical accomplishments of those serving on the selection committee, the recent past has shown them to have different priorities. This group was composed to select a director that will preserve the status quo, not one that will challenge it.

February 2, 2014 at 12:28 PM

So every one of the members of the selection committee is suspect by your reckoning? How convenient. No need for any actual thought or analysis. I'm sure the members appreciate being put in your nice tidy little box. Unsupported derogatory opinions aren't worth much.

Anonymous said...

It will be a woman. Checks a box, puts current issues behind, and puts in a new leader that will follow NNSA/congress directives without balking, independence or backtalk.

Anonymous said...

Also builds constituency on the democrat side of the house. Pays back old political debts, like Mary Berra (sp?) running GM after the huge democrat bailout.

Perhaps the former congresswoman before Garamendi.

Maybe nobel laureate scientist, Dr. Albert Gore?

Anonymous said...

"...It will be a woman. Checks a box, puts current issues behind, and puts in a new leader that will follow NNSA/congress directives without balking, independence or backtalk...."

What women are being considered you think?


Anonymous said...

Anyone here remember the chemistry AD search committee back in the day, and how they were forced to "redo" their selection so that TdlR got the job instead? That search committee is considered bad for not getting the hints the first time around. The lab won't rpeat such mistakes as having a completely rogue and independent search committee. Remember that the lab defines merit and performance very differently from the rest of the universe.

Anonymous said...

The lab won't rpeat such mistakes as having a completely rogue and independent search committee.

February 6, 2014 at 11:35 PM

You think these search committee members are somehow beholden to LLNL or LLNS? Read the names again. Care to specify which ones and your evidence for that?

Anonymous said...

Oh come now, you don't get picked to sit on a search committee unless you are going to follow the correct path and not make waves. If you do make waves, you can kiss your career goodbye. It's naive to think otherwise.

Anonymous said...

If you do make waves, you can kiss your career goodbye. It's naive to think otherwise.

February 7, 2014 at 9:25 PM

You are the naive one. These aren't LLNS employees. Name one member of the committee whose career depends in any way on LLNS. Many if not most of them are emeritus, their stellar careers near the end. They had absolutely no need to accept an appointment to the committee except to do what they individually think is right for LLNL, and the country. Your cynicism is making you sound just stupid.

Anonymous said...

As is your naivete'

Anonymous said...

Thanks for taking the time for a thoughtful answer.

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