A change in the Fermilab organization will take place on November 1, 2021, as Kate Gregory steps down after three years as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) to pursue outside interests. Martha Michels, the current Deputy Chief Operating Officer (DCOO), will become the new Acting COO.
I want to extend my thanks to Kate for ushering in the infrastructure era at Fermilab which will have a decades-long impact on our science program. During her tenure as COO, Kate spearheaded Fermilab efforts for greater DOE investment in infrastructure projects and maintenance programs, contributing to the tripling of the number of General Plant Projects underway and DOE support for the ~$315M Utilities Improvement Project. She also worked closely with senior leaders to integrate the Contractor Assurance System and workforce planning processes into daily operations.
Kate leaves behind an important legacy, as well as many friends and colleagues; of her time at the lab, she says “It has been an honor to support the record-setting science and research performed at Fermilab, and to work with the talented people that make the lab such a special place. I know that Martha and the OCOO team will continue to support the lab in bigger and better ways, and I look forward to reading about Fermilab’s future discoveries.”
Please join me in wishing her the best in her future endeavors and extending your full support to Martha during this transition.