May 7, 2010
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Koonce named principal lead for open campus

James "Buck" Koonce will join the Laboratory as a senior adviser to assist with the management of the Livermore Valley Open Campus.

He will join the Lab on June 30.

Koonce is well known to Lab employees for his various roles within the UC Office of the President (UCOP), most recently as deputy associate vice president for Laboratory Operations. Koonce has been intimately involved with Laboratory management and governance since 1992; he played a critical role in the successful contract competitions and transitions of Lawrence Berkeley, Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories.

The Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC) is a partnership between the Lab, Sandia National Laboratories and the Department of Energy/NNSA. LVOC will leverage resources across DOE to create a bridge between the labs and the broader scientific community. Through public-private partnerships with industry, government and academia, LVOC will engage scientists and engineers from around the world through its unique science facilities, major R&D efforts, industrial collaborations, educational programs and technology incubators to solve national and international challenges.

Koonce will work closely with the Director's Office, as well as the broad spectrum of LLNL and SNL participants who have been working to develop components of LVOC, and will assume lead responsibility for the Laboratory to coalesce internal efforts and manage the external outreach necessary for LVOC's successful implementation.

"Buck has been a fervent advocate and ambassador of the Laboratory for many years," Director George Miller said. "His experience makes him ideal for this critically important effort, and we look forward to working with him."

Prior to joining UCOP, Koonce began his career at UC Berkeley's Molecular Biology and Virus Laboratory in 1974 and then moved to LBNL, where he held positions with increasing management responsibilities in the Energy and Environment, Computing and Engineering divisions and then the Director's Office where, among other assignments, he led the development of the first LBNL Long-Range Development Plan and related environmental impact reports.

He has a bachelor's degree in computer science from California State University, Hayward and a master's degree in business administration from St. Mary's College.