Three new members join UCAR Board of Trustees

Three incumbents also re-elected to new terms

October 28, 2015

BOULDER – Members of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) recently elected three new trustees: Kristie Boering of the University of California, Berkeley; Michael Morgan of the University of Wisconsin, Madison; and Kathleen Ritzman of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.

The member universities also voted to re-elect three sitting trustees to additional terms: current Chair of the Board Eric Betterton of the University of Arizona; Rafael Bras of the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Kelly Fox of the University of Colorado Boulder.

"I am delighted to welcome the new members of our board," said Betterton. "They join a group that is extremely engaged in ensuring the continued availability of world-class resources for research, education, and technology transfer in the atmospheric and related Earth sciences."

"I look forward to working with the new and returning board members," said UCAR Interim President Michael Thompson. "The board's breadth of expertise reflects the wide range of activities we focus on to address crucial questions in weather, water, and climate through the National Center for Atmospheric Research, our UCAR Community Programs, and our university consortium."

The UCAR board, which determines UCAR's overall direction, has 18 trustees who each serve three-year terms. They are elected by UCAR’s 109 member universities.

Kristie Boering

Kristie Boering, a professor of chemistry and of Earth and planetary science at UC Berkeley, studies chemistry and mass transport in the atmosphere using experiments in the laboratory, numerical modeling, and observations from high-altitude aircraft and balloons. more about Boering

Michael Morgan

Michael Morgan, a professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences at UW-Madison, works on the analysis, diagnosis, and predictability of mid-latitude and tropical weather systems. more about Morgan

Kathleen Ritzman Kathleen Ritzman, assistant director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, oversees institutional planning, government relations, and strategic partnership development. She is an expert on science and technology policy issues and on federal environment, energy, and defense research funding. more about Ritzman


UCAR is a nonprofit consortium of 109 North American colleges and universities focused on research and training in the atmospheric and related Earth system sciences. Members set directions and priorities for the National Center for Atmospheric Research, which UCAR manages with sponsorship by the National Science Foundation. UCAR's community programs offer a suite of innovative resources, tools, and services in support of the consortium's education and research goals.


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