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APLU Statement on President Trump Naming Kelvin Droegemeier OSTP Director

Washington, DC – Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) President Peter McPherson today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to name Kelvin Droegemeier as Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

“We are very pleased that President Trump has named Kelvin Droegemeier as his Director of OSTP. Simply put, this is a terrific choice.

“Having such a strong leader as head of OSTP is essential to ensuring science is a key factor considered in the policymaking process. All Americans are better off when science has a seat at the table.

“Kelvin Droegemeier is a renowned and respected scientist who brings a unique blend of science and policy expertise. As Secretary for Science and Technology to Oklahoma Governor Fallin, Vice President for Research at the University of Oklahoma, past Vice Chair of the National Science Board, and past Chair of the APLU Council on Research, he is extraordinarily well prepared to advance the science and technology agenda for our nation. Dr. Droegemeier also has a deep appreciation and understanding of the university-government partnership, which has led to the United States’ role as global innovation leader and been key to our economy’s growth over decades. We look forward to working with him to further this key partnership on behalf of the American people.”

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