(Washington, D.C.) – In response to the Senate’s confirmation of Rear Admiral (Ret.) Tim Gallaudet to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Deputy Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jonathan White, president and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, released the following statement.
“On behalf of the ocean science, education, and technology community and the members of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL), I am pleased the Senate has confirmed Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Deputy Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). As I said upon his nomination, Admiral Gallaudet’s scientific and oceanographic expertise make him superbly qualified to serve in this crucial leadership role. It’s clearer than ever, as our coastal communities recover and rebuild from the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, that NOAA’s mission to understand, predict, and inform about the changing weather, ocean, and climate are of critical importance to our country’s security and stability. Admiral Gallaudet served the U.S. Navy for 32 years with exemplary leadership, professionalism, and dedication, and I know he will continue to do so at NOAA. Congratulations – both to Admiral Gallaudet on his confirmation and to NOAA for gaining a Deputy Administrator of such distinction. COL looks forward to working with Admiral Gallaudet on issues of vital importance, such as the ocean’s role in enhancing economic prosperity, national and homeland security, human health and safety, and food and energy production – all of which depend upon a robust ocean science and technology enterprise.”