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News Release 14-087

NSF Deputy Director Cora Marrett to resign

Cora Marrett

Dr. Cora B. Marrett.

July 18, 2014

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Cora B. Marrett announced that she will resign her position as Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) effective Aug. 24.

"Cora Marrett has served NSF and the nation with distinction. Under her leadership, the foundation strengthened its merit review process and increased its efforts to broaden and increase the next generation STEM workforce. Cora's unwavering support of NSF's mission and her stewardship in challenging times are widely appreciated," said NSF Director France A. Córdova. "On a personal note, Cora's deep knowledge and insights were pivotal to my smooth transition to NSF Director. I cannot thank her enough for her advice and friendship."

"Dr. Marrett has been an immensely capable and committed custodian of National Science Foundation programs and management for two decades, including multiple stints as acting director and deputy director," said John P. Holdren, assistant to the President for science and technology and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. "The foundation, the science and engineering communities, and the nation are in her debt."

In a message to employees, Marrett said, "While this was a difficult decision, as I mentioned in my letter to President Obama, I know that the highly dedicated and capable NSF team, in concert with the scientific and engineering community it advances, will continue to nurture the discoveries and innovation vital to our nation's future. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with all of you. Please accept my deepest gratitude for your support and my very best wishes for continued success."

Commenting on her transition, NSF staff called Marrett a kind, considerate and capable leader and colleague, and referenced her many accomplishments, including her focus on large facilities and programs, as well as her appreciation and support of the federal workforce.

Marrett was confirmed as NSF Deputy Director in 2011. She has also served as NSF's acting director and acting deputy director. Marrett served as the first assistant director for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences directorate, and as assistant director for the Education and Human Resources directorate.


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