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February 19, 2002

Patrick D. Sculley Appointed Executive Director of Sigma Xi

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – Patrick D. Sculley, chief of staff of the U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) and the second highest-ranking officer in the Army health care system, has been appointed executive director of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.

He begins his new duties in June at Sigma Xi's administrative offices here, following retirement from the Army in May after 29 years of service. Sculley, who holds the rank of major general, is also deputy surgeon general of the Army and chief of the Army's Dental Corps.

Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi is an international honor society of science and engineering, with about 75,000 members in more than 500 chapters at colleges and universities, government research labs and industry research centers.

Sculley serves as chief operating officer of MEDCOM, which has command and control of 14 biomedical research facilities, eight medical centers, 47 hospitals, 73 health clinics and 172 dental clinics, with a total operating budget of $7 billion and 74,000 military and civilian personnel.

In 2001, he received the Outstanding Federal Services Health Administrator Award from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS), the society of the federal health agencies.

"Dr. Sculley has all of the characteristics that the Search Committee was looking for," said Arthur M. Geller, chair of the Sigma Xi search committee. "He is both an outstanding leader and a strong strategic planner, and in addition, he has excellent communication skills, as well as strengths in financial management, fund-raising, marketing, and in leading scientists and scientific organizations. We are pleased to announce his appointment as executive director of Sigma Xi."

A 1969 graduate of Washington and Jefferson College, Sculley earned a degree in dental surgery at the State University of New York at Buffalo and a master's in health services management at Webster University.  He served residencies at Fort Meade and Fort Knox and is a graduate of the Army's Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.

His Army assignments have included White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico; Fort Riley, Kansas; and Bad Krueznach, Germany.  From 1985-88, he was staff officer at the Army Health Services Command (HSC), and, from 1988 to 1990, he served as dental consultant to the Office of the Surgeon General.  Following assignment as commander of the dental activity at Fort Bragg, N.C., he served as HSC director of dental services.

In 1993, Sculley assumed leadership of the Army Dental Command, Provisional and became its first commander the following year when the command was fully activated.  He became head of the Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine in 1996.

He was reassigned as a special assistant to the Surgeon General of the Army in 1998 and was subsequently promoted to major general.

Sculley is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine, American Board of General Dentistry, the Federal Services Board of General Dentistry and the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has also been awarded the "A" Prefix, the Army Medical Department's highest award for professional excellence.

His other military awards include the Legion of Merit (with three oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Joint Services Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Expert Field Medical Badge.

Sculley and his spouse, Peggy, have four children and two grandchildren, all of whom live in Texas.  He is a student of history, a runner and a popular public speaker on leadership, management and strategic planning.

Sculley succeeds Peter D. Blair at Sigma Xi, who left to head a new division at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.

Sigma Xi publishes American Scientist, a bimonthly magazine of science and technology, and awards hundreds of grants annually to promising young researchers.  Its other activities include annual forums on critical issues at the intersection of science and society and a variety of programs supporting science education, science policy, the public understanding of science and honor in science and engineering.

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