Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) has appointed Arlene A. Garrison, Ph.D., as vice president of University Partnerships.

OAK RIDGE — Oak Ridge Associated Universities has appointed Arlene A. Garrison, Ph.D., as vice president of University Partnerships.

Arlene-GarrisonDr. Garrison has more than 35 years of experience in science and education and most recently served as a program director for the National Science Foundation assigned through an interagency agreement with the University of Tennessee (UT), Knoxville. She previously served as the associate vice president of research at UT.

In her new role, Dr. Garrison will focus on helping ORAU expand its research partnerships among universities, national laboratories and private industry, with an emphasis on enhancing research opportunities. She also will create and implement a strategic university engagement program with ORAU’s member institutions, bringing the vast capabilities and talent inherent in the academic community to bear on key ORAU initiatives.

Additionally, Dr. Garrison will work with Oak Ridge National Laboratory—the nation’s largest science and energy laboratory that is internationally recognized for its world-class scientific research in neutron and materials sciences and high performance computing—to enhance and expand current research participation programs that provide opportunities for faculty and students from ORAU member institutions to perform research alongside renowned ORNL scientists.

“I look forward to the expertise that Dr. Garrison brings to this position and to the organization,” ORAU President and CEO Andy Page said. “Her strong academic background and leadership experience will be critical to building more strategic relationships with ORAU’s consortium members and expanding opportunities for greater university collaboration with our federal agency, national laboratory and private sector partners.”

Dr. Garrison has a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from UT.

Richard ‘Dick’ Toohey, Ph.D., who previously served as ORAU’s interim vice president of University Partnerships, was recently named ORAU’s associate director of Independent Environmental Assessment and Verification programs.

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