Former Purdue President To Head National Science Foundation

President France Cordova has been approved as the director of the National Science Foundation.

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Photo: Mark Simons/Purdue University

Purdue President France A. Córdova speaks during an Indianapolis news conference at the Lumina Foundation.

Purdue University’s former president France Cordova has been tapped to head the National Science Foundation, a federal agency that distributes  more than $7 billion annually to university and college research projects.

President Obama appointed Cordova last year.

The U.S. Senate approved Cordova yesterday to head the group.

“Dr. France Cordova, the former president of Purdue University and current chair of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, is eminently qualified to carry out the role of Director of the National Science Foundation. I am confident that she will do a superb job promoting the progress and prosperity of science,” Senator Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who heads the committee that initially approved the appointment, said in a statement.

The Journal and Courier reports Cordova is eager to get into her new role.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the administration and Congress and the scientific societies and the whole research community,” Córdova said Thursday afternoon on a call with reporters from her home in Santa Fe, N.M. “It’s been a true pleasure for me to work with my colleagues on the board, and I appreciate very much their encouragement and their messages in the last several hours of congratulations.”

Córdova said she got the call Wednesday night from Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., whom she worked with on the Smithsonian Board of Regents.

Cordova was the president of Purdue University from 2007 to 2012.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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