President Bush Announces Intention to Nominate Griffiths to National Board


Josť-Marie GriffithsCHAPEL HILL - Dr. Josť-Marie Griffiths, dean of the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been chosen by President George W. Bush to serve on the National Science Board.

The White House announced Thursday (June 15) that Griffiths is among eight whose intended nominations will be presented to the U.S. Senate for confirmation. Her term would continue until May 2012.

The 24-member National Science Board advises the president and Congress about national science and engineering policy and oversees the National Science Foundation, which awards research grants to universities and colleges.

"I am honored by this nomination and consider it a privilege to work with other members of the board at this critical time in the nation's scientific competitiveness," said Griffiths. "The U.S. faces potential erosion of its scientific leadership as the number of American science and engineering graduates declines, and as research and development efforts move offshore."

Griffiths' research spans information science, technology and leadership.

She has done groundbreaking work on the value and return on investment in information systems and services; researched the development of protocols and policies for resource sharing across organizations on local, state and regional levels, including both public and private institutions; reported on the influences of the digital revolution on the conduct of research; and studied success criteria and best practices for information technology in higher education.

Griffiths came to Carolina in 2004 from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was Doreen E. Boyce chair and professor in the School of Information Sciences. She also directed the university's Sara Fine Institute for Interpersonal Behavior and Technology and was an associate of the Learning Research and Development Center. She has held two previous presidential

appointments: to the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee

(2003 to 2005) and the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (1996 to 2002).

In 2005, she founded the Knowledge Trust, concerned with the role and preparation of 21st-century knowledge professionals.

Ranked No. 1 by U.S. News & World Report among graduate schools in its field, the UNC School of Information and Library Science is home to 252 master's degree students, 50 doctoral students, 43 undergraduate majors, 25 minors and five certificate of advanced study students.

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