Public Papers

Nomination of Frederick M. Bernthal To Be Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation


The President today announced his intention to nominate Frederick M. Bernthal to be Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation. He would succeed John H. Moore.

Since 1988, Dr. Bernthal has served as Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs in Washington, DC. Prior to this, he served as Commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Washington, 1983 - 1988; chief legislative assistant to Senator Howard Baker, 1980 - 1983; legislative assistant to Senator Howard Baker, 1978 - 1979; associate professor of chemistry and physics at Michigan State University, 1975 - 1978; and assistant professor at Michigan State University at East Lansing, 1970 - 1975. In addition, Dr. Bernthal served as a visiting scientist for the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, 1966 - 1977; staff postdoctoral scientist at Yale University, 1969 - 1970; graduate research assistant at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, 1965 - 1969; and research aide for the Argonne National Laboratory, 1964.

Dr. Bernthal graduated from Valparaiso University (B.S., 1964) and the University of California at Berkeley (Ph.D., 1969). He was born January 10, 1943, in Sheraton, WY. Dr. Bernthal is married, has one child, and resides in Washington, DC.