Dr. Arden L. Bement will retire at the end of May to lead Purdue University’s new Global Policy Research Institute. Bement has served as director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) since 2003.

“Under Bement, NSF has seen its budget move onto a doubling path, created a series of new science and engineering initiatives around innovation themes, increased its role in the international scientific policy arena and increased its commitment to core basic research areas,” according to a press release issued by NSF.

“I want to thank Dr. Bement for his nearly seven years of distinguished service at NSF’s helm and his unwavering commitment to America’s research and education enterprise,” said Dr. John Holdren, President Obama’s science advisor and director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Bement was appointed to a six year term in 2004 by President George W. Bush after serving as acting director of NSF for 10 months. He will be vacating his appointment six months before it ends.


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