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Mary Glackin Named Deputy Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere

December 4, 2007

Mary M. Glackin, Deputy Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere.

Retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator, announced today that Mary M. Glackin has been appointed as deputy under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere. In this capacity, she will serve as NOAA’s chief operating officer, responsible for the day-to-day management of the agency’s operations, and function as a key advisor to the NOAA administrator on all program and policy issues.

“Mary Glackin brings the vision, leadership skills, scientific knowledge, and management expertise to lead NOAA now and into our future,” said Lautenbacher. “She has an enormous  depth of experience and knowledge of the organization as well as a thorough understanding of the challenges to be addressed.”

Glackin succeeds Brig. Gen. John “Jack” Kelly (USAF retired), who retired in September. She has served as acting deputy under secretary since his retirement.

Previous assignments include acting assistant administrator for weather services and director of NOAA’s  National Weather Service from June through September 2007. Prior to that, she was the assistant administrator for NOAA’s Office of Program Planning and Integration. From 1999 until 2002, she served as the deputy assistant administrator for the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service. She worked as the program manager for the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System in the National Weather Service from 1993 to 1999. Glackin started her career with NOAA in 1977 as a computer specialist with the National Weather Service.

Glackin has a bachelor of science degree from the University of Maryland. She is the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award (2001), Charles Brooks Award for Outstanding Services to the American Meteorological Society, the NOAA Bronze Medal (2001), the Federal 100 Information Technology Manager Award (1999), the NOAA Administrator’s Award (1993), and the Department of Commerce Silver Medal Award (1991). She is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and a member of the National Weather Association and the American Geophysical Union.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is celebrating 200 years of science and service to the nation. From the establishment of the Survey of the Coast in 1807 by Thomas Jefferson to the formation of the Weather Bureau and the Commission of Fish and Fisheries in the 1870s, much of America's scientific heritage is rooted in NOAA.

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners, more than 70 countries and the European Commission to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts, and protects.