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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 12, 1994

     President Clinton today announced his intention to nominate Dr.

Anne C. Petersen as Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation. She will be the first woman to serve in one of the two top management posts at the Foundation in its 44 year history.

"I am pleased today to name a leading scientist and administrator to our experienced team of science and technology leaders," the President said. "Anne Petersen has impeccable scientific standing as a social scientist with strong research capabilities in mathematics and statistics; she also is an outstanding administrator with a significant track record as a Dean at two major universities: Penn State and the University of Minnesota."

Anne C. Petersen, a scientist with more than 20 years of experience in the social sciences and mathematics -- psychology, adolescent development, and statistics, has served since 1992 as Vice President for Research, Dean of the Graduate School, and Professor of Adolescent Development and Pediatrics, University of Minnesota. Prior to her service at Minnesota, Petersen served as Dean of the College of Health and Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University.

Petersen has been a consultant for a number of years to the Robert Woods Johnson and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundations in their health programs. For two years, 1980-82, she served as Associate Director of the MacArthur Foundation's Health Program. In addition, Petersen has been a faculty member, Department of Psychiatry, University of Chicago and was associated with several medical institutions: Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, the West Side Veterans Hospital, and the University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago. Petersen earned a B.A. in mathematics in 1966, a M.S. in statistics in 1972, and a Ph.D. in 1973, all from the University of Chicago. She began her career as a mathematician and computer systems analyst at the National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Maryland.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent agency whose Director, Dr. Neal Lane, reports to the President and works with a 24-person National Science Board, appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The NSF supports a wide range of scientific and engineering research with a current budget of about $3.2 billion. The Director is a member of the National Science and Technology Council, chaired by the President.