President Donald Trump has announced a replacement for the National Science Foundation director position when the current director France Cordova’s six-year term ends in 2020.

Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan from the National Science Board will take Cordova’s place for the next six-year term. Cordova spoke well of Panchanathan and said she was “delighted” and “heartened” for him to be her successor.

Panchanathan has extensive credentials, and the pick received widespread approval from NSF members and administration officials.

“As the Trump administration continues its undeterred focus on ensuring American global leadership in science and technology, Dr. Panchanathan’s commitment, creativity, and deep insights will be instrumental in leading the National Science Foundation on its continued path of exploration and discovery,” Kelvin Droegemeier, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, said.

The position will require Senate confirmation once the appointment is formalized.

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