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A Message from Jonathan
Drell Appointed Acting Director as Dorfan Accepts New University Position

SLAC Today

Monday - September 10, 2007

(Photo - Jonathan Dorfan)

A Message from Jonathan

Consistent with my March 2007 announcement, I am ending today my eight-year tenure as SLAC Director. President Hennessy has asked me to serve as his assistant with a focus on the relationship between Stanford and SLAC and I have enthusiastically accepted. In that role, there are several critical tasks which require immediate attention including the renewal of the lease of the SLAC site to the Department of Energy and Stanford's contract to continue overseeing SLAC on behalf of the DOE.

As outlined in the accompanying announcement from President Hennessy, Persis Drell will serve as acting director until my permanent replacement is hired. I am extraordinarily grateful to Persis for stepping in to lead the laboratory at this challenging time and I ask you to give her your full and enthusiastic support.

It has been an enormous privilege and a high honor to lead SLAC and I am extremely proud of what we have collectively accomplished these past eight years. In addition, we have crafted an exciting, discovery-filled future for the laboratory. I cannot express strongly enough the gratitude that I feel for the extraordinary support and kind friendship that each of you has given to me as Director. It hasn't always been an easy path, but your devotion, professionalism and unflagging spirit of optimism is why SLAC flourishes. You are what made coming to work each day as Director such a pleasure.  Read more...

Stanford Announcement:
Drell Appointed Acting Director as Dorfan Accepts New University Position

Persis Drell, deputy director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), has been appointed acting director by university President John Hennessy while the search for the successor to Jonathan Dorfan continues during the fall.

Dorfan, who last March announced his intention to step down this fall after eight years as SLAC's director, will relocate to the university's main campus and become an assistant to the president. In this role, Dorfan will focus on the relationship between Stanford and SLAC, including the renewal of the lease of the SLAC site to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Stanford's contract to continue overseeing SLAC on behalf of the DOE.

Drell's appointment as acting director is effective immediately. The international search for a new SLAC director is expected to be completed later this year.  Read more...

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