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Georgetown’s Provost Named by Obama to National Science Board

Robert M. Groves

Georgetown Provost Robert M. Groves has been appointed by President Obama to a six-year term on the prestigious National Science Foundation’s National Science Board (NSB).

June 16, 2014 – President Obama has announced the appointment of Georgetown Provost Robert M. Groves to a six-year term on the prestigious National Science Foundation’s National Science Board (NSB).

The board is responsible for establishing NSF priorities within the context of national policies of the President and Congress, identifying issues critical to the future of NSF, and approving the foundation’s annual budget submission to the Office of Management and Budget as well as new major programs and awards.

The NSB also serves as an independent body of advisors to both the President and the Congress on policy issues related to science and engineering and education in science and engineering.

‘Crucial Vehicle’

The National Science Board is a crucial vehicle to inform both NSF and the nation about critical trade-offs in investment in research in all the sciences. I am honored by the President's appointment."

Robert M. Groves, Georgetown Provost

“The National Science Board is a crucial vehicle to inform both NSF and the nation about critical trade-offs in investment in research in all the sciences,” Groves said. "I am honored by the President's appointment.”

Groves was one of six individuals to be appointed to the 25-member NSB this year. Other appointees include John Anderson, president of the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Roger N. Beachy, founding executive director of the World Food Center at the University of California, Davis.

Georgetown’s provost since 2012, Groves also serves as the Gerard Campbell S.J. Professor in the math and statistics department as well as the sociology department in Georgetown College. His research in survey statistics and methodology led to his election to the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

‘Greatly Served’

“Our nation will be greatly served by the talent and expertise these individuals bring to their new roles,” Obama said in announcing the appointments. “I am grateful they have agreed to serve in this Administration, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

“Provost Groves brings an extraordinary depth of insight and expertise – as well as vision – to this new appointment,” said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. “His leadership at Georgetown has exemplified these qualities as we move to launch new interdisciplinary programs. We know that the contributions he will make as a member of the National Science Board will have a deep impact, and our entire university community joins together in congratulating him on this high honor.”

Groves received an A.B. from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in Sociology, an M.A. in Statistics, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

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