The President today announced his intention to nominate John V. Byrne to be Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce.
Dr. Byrne has held various positions with Oregon State University since 1960. He was an associate professor in 1960-65; professor and chairman, Department of Oceanography in 1968-72; dean, School of Oceanography in 1972-76; acting director, Marine Science Center in 1972-77; dean of research (acting) in 1976-77; dean of research in 1977-80; dean of graduate school (acting) in 1979-80; and vice president for research and graduate studies since 1980.
Dr. Byrne was program director for physical oceanography, National Science Foundation, in 1966-67. In 1966-68 he was a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.
He has been a member of many scientific and professional societies including: American Society for Oceanography, Marine Technology Society, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. He is the author of many articles and papers on geology and oceanography.
Dr. Byrne was graduated from Hamilton College (B.A., 1951), Columbia College (M.A., 1953), and the University of Southern California (Ph.D., 1957).
Dr. Byrne is married, has four children, and resides in Corvallis, Oreg. He was born in Hempstead, N.Y., on May 9, 1928.