A new chief operating officer for Fermilab

Jack Anderson

This summer Fermilab will welcome Jack Anderson as its next chief operating officer. Anderson is currently the director of the Office of Integrated Performance Management at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He will replace Bruce Chrisman, who is retiring after more than 40 years at the laboratory.

“It’s a true privilege to have the opportunity to work at Fermilab,” Anderson said. “The national laboratory system provides a truly unique research environment, and I am especially excited by Fermilab’s rich history of scientific accomplishments. I look forward to helping the lab fulfill its important scientific mission.”

As COO, Anderson will plan, direct and oversee Fermilab operations. He will assist the laboratory director with day-to-day laboratory management, help define the overall direction for the lab and its performance expectations and assess resource needs, priorities and allocation. Anderson will also serve a dual role as associate laboratory director for operations support, overseeing the 300 staff members in the Business Services, Facilities Engineering Services and Workforce Development and Resources sections.

“We are very fortunate that Jack Anderson is joining Fermilab,” said Director Pier Oddone. “He is well-known and well-respected by his peers at the laboratories, is very enthusiastic about our laboratory and its mission and brings a compelling vision for the future of the lab.”

Anderson is very familiar with operations roles at DOE national laboratories. In addition to serving as an operations leader in his current role at Oak Ridge, he held several key management positions at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

“I have known Jack for many years in many different roles and I know that he will fit in extremely well at the laboratory,” said Chrisman, who became Associate Laboratory Director in 1984 and assumed the COO title in 2007. “He brings extraordinary skills and experience to Fermilab, and I am confident that I will leave the lab in excellent hands.”

—Katie Yurkewicz

A profile of Bruce Chrisman and his contributions to Fermilab will be published later this year.