I write today to let you know that I will retire on July 1, 2013, at the completion of my eighth year as director of this great laboratory. I have asked Fermi Research Alliance to begin the selection process for the next director.
As long as I remain director, I will continue my utmost efforts to deliver value for the investments made in Fermilab and to keep our laboratory and the national particle physics community at the forefront of the global quest to discover the fundamental nature of the physical universe.
Working with Fermilab’s employees and users from across the country and around the world is a wonderful experience. It has been an honor to partner with you over the past seven years to achieve significant milestones in the performance of our accelerators and detectors and in our contributions to the Large Hadron Collider, and to work with you to achieve the many discoveries from the Tevatron, the LHC, and our neutrino and cosmic frontier experiments.
With your help and support over the coming year, we will continue on the path we have laid to a long-term future of scientific discovery at Fermilab: completing the many upgrades and improvements to our accelerator complex and starting the NOvA experiment; making progress toward the new Muon Campus and Illinois Accelerator Research Center; continuing our R&D efforts toward our future particle accelerators and detectors; and working with DOE toward the next stage of approval for LBNE.
Running Fermilab is a privilege. I have no doubt that FRA will succeed in attracting a great and devoted scientist to be the next laboratory director. In the meantime, I count on your continuing support in the coming year to see the laboratory emerge stronger than ever from these turbulent times.
Editor’s note: FRA has issued a press release announcing Oddone’s decision; the full text is available online.