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Saturday, March 29, 2014



Laboratory colleagues,

It is our pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr. William H. Goldstein as president of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) and the 12th director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), effective March 31, 2014. The selection of the Laboratory director is one of the most important responsibilities of the University of California (UC) and the Executive Committee of the LLNS Board of Governors. Bill's appointment has the unanimous approval of the Executive Committee of the LLNS Board of Governors and the concurrence of Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, acting NNSA Administrator Bruce Held, UC President Janet Napolitano and Chairman of the Regents of the University of California Bruce Varner.

Bill is a 29-year career LLNL employee with extensive experience as a scientific leader and senior manager across the Lab's programs, with demonstrated ability to strategically guide its unique science and technology capabilities. He is highly regarded within the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, the national laboratory complex and the scientific community. In January 2013, the Executive Committee of the LLNS Board of Governors appointed Bill as LLNL's deputy director for S&T. Prior to that he served as an associate director for 11 years, as a program leader in the Stockpile Stewardship Program, and as group leader for computational physics in the Nuclear Test Program.

Bill's appointment comes after a rigorous, competitive, national search led by the University of California that resulted in the review and consideration of more than 100 individuals representing a broad and diverse array of candidates. A number of Laboratory employees participated on either the Search Committee or the Screening Task Force. Their hard work and commitment to this search process is greatly appreciated.

We strongly believe that Bill Goldstein is the best candidate to lead LLNL at this time, and he will continue to champion the Laboratory's outstanding contributions to its national security missions into the future.

We also wish to give a special thanks to Bret Knapp for his service as acting LLNL director over the past five months while a national search for a new director was conducted. Bret stepped away from his essential management role as principal associate director for Weapons Programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory and led the LLNL management transition. His willingness to assume this temporary assignment is evidence of Bret's deep and abiding commitment to the laboratories and their national security missions. We wish him all the best in the months ahead.

Please join us in thanking Bret Knapp for his dedicated service and welcoming Bill Goldstein as the new LLNL director and LLNS president.

Norman J. Pattiz 
Craig M. Albert

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