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March 16, 2006
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Patrick D. Sculley to Retire as Executive Director of Sigma Xi
James Baur, Sigma Xi President-elect
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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - Patrick D. Sculley has announced his retirement effective June 30 as executive director of Sigma Xi after four years at the helm of the international science and engineering honor society, during which he oversaw planning and construction of its new administrative offices here.
Should the search for his successor take longer than his planned retirement date, the Sigma Xi board has accepted his offer to serve beyond June 30, in order to effect a smooth transition in leadership.
"Sigma Xi programs and activities have gained a lot of momentum in the past few years, and I very much want to see that continue," Sculley said. "But it's time for me to step back and spend more time with my family. However, I plan to go full-tilt until I walk out the door, and will always remain an ardent Sigma Xi supporter."
He and his wife, Peggy, have four children and five grandchildren, all of whom live in Texas. Sculley had a distinguished career in the U.S. Army prior to his appointment at Sigma Xi, retiring in 2002 with the rank of major general after 29 years of service.
His last position was that of deputy surgeon general of the army medical department, which in 2002 operated eight medical centers, 47 hospitals, 73 separate health clinics, 172 dental clinics and 14 biomedical research facilities. At that time, the department employed 74,000 military/civilians and had an annual operating budget of more than $5 billion.
The Association of Military Surgeons of the United States named Sculley the 2001 Outstanding Federal Health Care Executive.
Sigma Xi President Lynn Margulis at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst has charged President-elect James F. Baur of Charleston, W.Va., to lead the search for a new executive director.
"Pat has advanced Sigma Xi on multiple fronts," Baur said. "He set a remarkable pace and accomplished a great deal in a relatively short period. Not only did he bring the Sigma Xi Center into being in record time, he initiated key strategic planning and reorganized the staff to support the society's goals. Sigma Xi is much stronger today thanks to his leadership, and we are very grateful that he will be with us through the transition."
New programs, increased funding, international expansion and the launch of American Scientist Online are additional fruits of Sculley's tenure, Baur said.
As examples, he cited the United Nations-Sigma Xi Expert Group, formed to develop practical policy responses to global climate change, and the expansion of Sigma Xi chapters in Mexico and elsewhere.
Sculley received a B.A. in biology at Washington and Jefferson College in 1969 and 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.
Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi has a membership of about 65,000 research scientists and engineers, with more than 500 chapters in North America and overseas. Over the years, more than 200 Sigma Xi members have received the Nobel Prize. The non-profit society sponsors a variety of programs that advance the health of the research enterprise and publishes American Scientist magazine.
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