Gary J. Foley, Ph.D., has been named director of EPA’s National Center for Environmental Research (NCER) in Washington, D.C., one of four national centers in the EPA.
“Dr. Foley focuses on ways that research can be used to address environmental concerns,” said E. Timothy Oppelt, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “His visionary view of research, and support for collaborative processes will advance our extramural research programs and EPA’s science,” he said.
Foley will direct a staff of about 100 federal employees in the Washington, D.C. office. The National Center for Environmental Research supports high-quality research conducted by the nation’s leading scientists and engineers with grants and fellowships. The center also supports the federal government’s Small Business Innovation Research Program, funding innovative research projects by small companies that offer cutting-edge science and technology solutions to environmental issues.
With a distinguished career at the EPA, Foley has served in many senior science management positions in EPA’s Office of Research and Development. Recently, he served as director of the National Exposure Research Laboratory in Research Triangle Park, N.C., a position he held since April 1995. His public service has been recognized with many awards, including the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award.
Foley received his bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College in New York and his master’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin.