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UC welcomes a new VP of national labs

Craig Leasure

Craig Leasure, Vice President, Office of the National Laboratories


Did you know? UC has three nationally affiliated laboratories: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

As of October 1, Dr. Craig Leasure — a longtime UC leader with extensive experience in directing and operating large-scale national labs and weapons programs — will be responsible for their oversight. He has been serving in this role in an interim capacity since February.

A history of lab-leadership

Throughout his more than 30-year career Craig has worked with Department of Energy laboratories, overseeing a broad range of critical functions, from running nuclear weapons programs to championing significant improvements in lab communications, safety and operations. He spent 28 of those years in a variety of critical positions with Los Alamos National Laboratory where, among other duties, he led the national weapons program. He then became UC’s associate vice president for national labs.

“UC’s laboratories play a vital role in science and national security, among other areas, and thankfully we did not have to look far to find an exemplary candidate to lead the university’s efforts,” said President Janet Napolitano. “I have no doubt that Dr. Leasure is by far the best person to spearhead our continued collaboration with the federal government on nuclear security as well as the university’s research to address energy, environmental, infrastructure and health issues.”

“I am incredibly honored to be given this opportunity at such an important time in our nation,” said Craig. “I look forward to continuing to work even more closely with my colleagues at the UC-affiliated labs, as well as supporting the world-class research we conduct as part of our public service mission.”

Read more about Leasure’s appointment from the UC newsroom.

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