Monmouth University President Assumes Leadership Role of Federal Advisory Committee

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Paul G. Gaffney II

Paul G. Gaffney II

From Monmouth University

Paul G. Gaffney II Is Named Chair of Influential Group.

Monmouth University is pleased to announce that on August 12 President Paul G. Gaffney II was named the new chair of the Ocean Research & Resources Advisory Panel (ORRAP), a panel created by statute to advise federal agencies regaarding ocean science and management matters. The announcement came during the summer meeting of the ORRAP in Washington, DC. The ORRAP brings together a broad cross-section of the ocean community with diverse experience and expertise to provide balanced and insightful advice.

An active member of ORRAP since 2007, President Gaffney takes over the leadership role from the outgoing chair, Dr. Jerry Schubel, president & CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific and a nationally recognized figure in ocean science, resource management, and education matters.

“I can’t imagine anyone better qualified than Admiral Gaffney to chair ORRAP,” says Schubel. “His distinguished service as chief of Naval Research, member of the US Commission on Ocean Policy, and his present position as president of Monmouth University all combine to give him important perspectives on the need to improve our understanding of the ocean, to use that new knowledge to improve our management of the ocean and its resources, and to protect our national security.”

The ORRAP met in Washington, DC, this week to address a number of national ocean issues, including integrated ocean observing, offshore renewable energy, ecosystem-based management, and climate and ocean measurements in the Arctic. The group also reinforced the ocean research priorities and opportunities it laid out in a transition document it submitted in November to the incoming Obama Administration (available at That guidance, as well as all recommendations generated by the ORRAP, travels a direct line of communication to the leaders of more than 25 federal agencies whose missions affect, and are affected by, the oceans.

“I am honored to serve with a group of talented panelists who volunteer their time and expertise to advise on the broad federal ocean agenda,” said Gaffney. “It will be tough filing the shoes of Jerry Schubel, a true American ocean leader.”

More information about the ORRAP, including past recommendations and areas of focus, can be found at

About the ORRAP

The ORRAP is an advisory group established in the National Oceanographic Partnership Program statute (10 USC 7903) and is operated under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). It provides independent advice and guidance to the heads of federal agencies that provide oversight to the nation on ocean issues. Membership is comprised of individuals from the National Academies, state government, academia, and ocean industries, representing marine science, policy, resource management, and other related fields.