The President today announced his intention to nominate Rear Adm. Francis D. Moran to be Director of the Commissioned Officer Corps, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce. He would succeed Rear Adm. Kelly E. Taggart.
Since 1975 Admiral Moran has been with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where he currently serves as Director, Office Aircraft Operations, a position he has held since 1983. He was executive assistant, Office of the Deputy Administrator, 1982-1983; Chief, Helicopter Operations Group, NOAA Research Facilities Center, 1975-1981; and Chief, Pacific Tides Party and NOAA liaison officer to the U.S. Navy, 1970-1973.
Admiral Moran graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi (B.S., 1960) and the University of Rhode Island (masters of marine affairs, 1974). He is married, has two children, and resides in Miami, FL. He was born April 8, 1935, in Biloxi, MS.