Tuesday, November 4, 2014

INL announces Grossenbacher leaving

John Grossenbacher
The Idaho National Laboratory announced today that John Grossenbacher, director of Battelle Energy Alliance, will be leaving and that a new chief is being sought to take his place by Sept. 30, 2015.

Grossenbacher was named INL director in February 2005 after leading the effort to land BEA the contract to manage and operate the lab. “(His) unprecedented tenure as lab director in Idaho has had a tremendous impact on the success and growth of the laboratory, and we are grateful for the strong leadership and vision he provided to INL and Battelle,” said Ron Townsend, Battelle’s executive vice president of global laboratory operations. “Under John’s leadership, BEA saw its contract with DOE extended for another five years for its stewardship of INL, while the laboratory grew in programs, capabilities, the physical campus, budget, and staff.”

Townsend said Battelle will begin a national search for a successor immediately.

Grossenbacher earned a bachelor’s of science in chemistry from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University. He served 33 years in the U.S. Navy, rising to the rank of vice admiral. Before he was selected to lead Battelle in its bid for the INL contract, Grossenbacher led efforts to develop and build joint nuclear science and technology programs across Battelle-managed laboratories and partner organizations.

As INL Director, Grossenbacher led the consolidation of Argonne National Laboratory-West and Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory to form INL. During his nearly 10-year tenure, INL’s budget grew from $540 million to more than $830 million, earned 18 R&D 100 awards, and built or acquired 16 new facilities to expand the research capabilities of the laboratory. INL also attracted world-renowned scientific and technical leadership during his tenure.