Deputy Director Cora Marrett to Leave NSF

July 29, 2014

by Chris Cameron

Dr. Cora B. Marrett, Deputy Director of NSF, announced on July 18, 2014 that she will be stepping down from her position effective August 24, 2014. Marrett was confirmed as NSF Deputy Director in 2011 and has also served as NSF's acting director and acting deputy director. Marrett served as the first assistant director for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences directorate, and as assistant director for the Education and Human Resources directorate.

In a message to her employees, Marrett stated that she knows "that the highly dedicated and capable NSF team, in concert with the scientific and engineering community it advances, will continue to nurture the discoveries and innovation vital to our nation's future. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with all of you. Please accept my deepest gratitude for your support and my very best wishes for continued success."

NSF Director France A. Córdova announced that "Cora Marrett has served NSF and the nation with distinction. Under her leadership, the foundation strengthened its merit review process and increased its efforts to broaden and increase the next generation STEM workforce. Cora's unwavering support of NSF's mission and her stewardship in challenging times are widely appreciated..." 

Assistant to the President for science and technology and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy John P. Holdren praised Marrett for her two decades of service, noting that "The foundation, the science and engineering communities, and the nation are in her debt." 

See the NSF press release here