EM Announces New Oak Ridge Office Assistant Manager

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM announced today that Mark Whitney has been selected as the Oak Ridge Office Assistant Manager for Environmental Management, effective August 2012.

   “Mark is an engaging leader with a broad understanding of DOE-wide programs and policies and has a history of proven success developing and implementing strategies to improve organizational performance,” said David Huizenga, Senior Advisor for EM. “I am pleased Mark has agreed to take on this important role and devote his talents to the nuclear waste cleanup mission in his home state of Tennessee.”

   The Oak Ridge Reservation is one of DOE’s most unique and complex sites, encompassing three major campuses and spanning almost 34,000 acres. Each campus performs a diverse set of missions, but all share a crucial need for environmental cleanup. The EM program addresses this need by removing the hazards left behind from research and defense operations during the Manhattan Project and Cold War.

   Whitney has served as the Acting Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation at the DOE National Nuclear Security Administration since July 2011, overseeing the day-to-day operations of a $2.3 billion nuclear security and nonproliferation program. He has been a member of the U.S. Government’s Senior Executive Service since 2005, serving in various positions at DOE headquarters and internationally.

   “I look forward to working with Sue Cange and the EM Oak Ridge Organization as we continue this important cleanup mission for the community and the nation,” said Whitney.

   Cange has been the Acting Oak Ridge Office Assistant Manager for EM since Oct. 6, 2011. She will continue in her role as Deputy Assistant Manager.