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Groat Announces New USGS Regional Directors
Released: 9/13/1999

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[Note to Editors: Biographical information on each of the new regional directors follows this news release.]

U.S. Geological Survey Director Charles "Chip" Groat today announced that the agency’s three regional director positions will be filled by Senior Executive Service personnel.

In the Eastern Region, presently co-located with USGS headquarters in Reston, Va., the new regional director will be Bonnie McGregor, presently associate director for programs.

The new Central Region director will be current USGS Deputy Director Thomas Casadevall. The USGS Central Region offices are in Denver, Colo.

In the West, the regional director will be John D. (Doug) Buffington, who will continue to be located in Seattle, Wash., where he currently serves as Western Region chief biologist. Primary Western Region offices are located in Menlo Park, Calif., Tucson, Ariz., and Seattle.

The new regional directors will transition from their present duties over a period of time, with full assumption of the new positions on January 1, 2000.

"We need strong leadership at the regional level for USGS to be fully responsive to its partners and customers," Groat said. "Together, these three public servants represent nearly a century of experience in research, science management and leadership in the science arena.

"The regional directors will be an integral part of my management team," Groat continued. "Their direction of regional research activities, and the strengthening of the regional role in program management, will benefit our customers and cooperators, our sister bureaus at the Department of the Interior, and communities across this country by making our science relevant and timely."

The regional director positions were enhanced as part of strategic changes announced by Groat on August 10, 1999.

As the nation’s largest water, earth and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the USGS works in cooperation with more than 2000 organizations across the country to provide reliable, impartial, scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers. This information is gathered in every state by USGS scientists to minimize the loss of life and property from natural disasters, contribute to the sound conservation, economic and physical development of the nation’s natural resources, and enhance the quality of life by monitoring water, biological, energy and mineral resources.

Bonnie A. McGregor, Eastern Regional Director As the USGS Associate Director for Programs since 1993, Dr. McGregor has been responsible for strategic planning, program planning, development, external coordination and communication, and the day-to-day operation of the bureau. Prior USGS positions have included Assistant Chief Geologist and Associate Chief for Marine Programs (Office of Energy and Marine Geology). Dr. McGregor also served as program coordinator for the USGS Exclusive Economic Zone Mapping Program. In addition, she has worked as an oceanographer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and as a research associate at the University of Miami, Texas A&M University, and at the University of Rhode Island. She has authored and co-authored more than 100 papers and abstracts that have been published in professional journals and books. McGregor received a B.S. in Geology from Tufts University, an M.S. in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, and a Ph.D. in Marine Geology and Geophysics from the University of Miami (Fla.). McGregor and her husband, Rear Admiral William Stubblefield (Ret.) reside in Berkeley County, W. Va.

Thomas J. Casadevall, Central Regional Director Dr. Casadevall has served as USGS Deputy Director since February, 1998, including almost a year as Acting Director. For two years previous to that, he was USGS Western Regional Director. Dr. Casadevall also served as a geologist with the USGS Volcano Hazards Program in Hawaii and Colorado, as Advisory Volcanologist to the Volcanological Survey of Indonesia. As project chief for Volcanic Hazards and Aviation Safety from 1990-1996, Casadevall was instrumental in organizing the First International Symposium on Volcanic Ash and Aviation Safety. He also was a faculty member of the Escuela Politecnica Nacional in Quito, Ecuador. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the Association for Geologists for International Development, and the International Association of Volcanology and chemistry of Earth’s Interior. Dr. Casadevall graduated from Beloit College (Wisc.); he received his M.S. in geology and his Ph.D. in geochemistry from the Pennsylvania State University.

John D. Buffington, Western Regional Director Dr. Buffington has served as USGS Western Region Chief Biologist since 1997. He served as director of the Alaska Science Center and as Regional Director for Research for the former National Biological Service, now part of USGS. Prior to that, he was Regional Director for Research for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In addition to other research management positions with the Fish and Wildlife Service, Buffington was an Environmental Policy Advisor with the Council on Environmental Quality, and an Assistant Division Chief at Argonne National Laboratory. Buffington received his B.S. in biology from St. Peter’s College (N.J.), his M.S. and his Ph.D. in animal ecology from the University of Illinois at Urbana. He is a member of the Ecological Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Buffington and his wife, Mary, live in Seattle. Their daughter, Jill, lives in Dallas, Texas, and their son, Matthew, resides in Springfield, Ill.

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