On behalf of the Search Committee, I want to update the Fermilab community on our progress in support of the selection of the laboratory’s next director. I also pass along the committee’s thanks to the many members of the community who have taken the time over the past few months to convey to us their comments, suggestions and nominations. Your input is critical for the success of the search and is much appreciated.
The committee had its third in-person meeting this past Monday. We reviewed all the feedback received to date and heard from a handful of government, funding agency and national laboratory officials about their perspectives on the search process and the future for Fermilab and for U.S. particle physics. We reviewed an inclusive list of some 65 names suggested to the committee for consideration and have narrowed the list to about a dozen individuals whose candidacy will be pursued further.
The committee has now divided up into teams to follow up with each of the candidates. These teams will report back to the full committee at our next meeting in late February, at which time we will develop our short list of prospective candidates to be invited for interviews. Thanks to the hard work of all of the Committee members, and to your assistance and advice, we are on track to submit our final recommendations to the FRA Board by May 1.
—Norm Augustine, Chair,
Fermilab Director Search Committee