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April 01, 2022

Chairwomen Johnson and Sherrill Congratulate NOAA Research Director Craig McLean on Retirement

(Washington, DC) – On April 1, 2022, Mr. Craig McLean, the Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) and Acting Chief Scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will retire after over 40 years in public service. Mr. McLean also served in the NOAA Commissioned Corps for nearly 25 years and retired at the rank of Captain.

“I’d like to congratulate Mr. McLean on his retirement from NOAA,” said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). “Mr. McLean has been a steady leader at NOAA as both the Assistant Administrator of OAR and as the agency’s Acting Chief Scientist. Mr. McLean’s numerous accomplishments include founding NOAA’s Ocean Exploration and Research Program, and securing a permanent, dedicated ship for the National Ocean Exploration Program. He has also been an exemplary representative for the U.S. on the international stage for global ocean science including to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, and as part of the U.N. Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Throughout his career Mr. McLean has been a steadfast champion of scientific integrity at NOAA and the scientific community is thankful for his steady and courageous leadership. I wish him the very best in his retirement.”

“I commend Craig McLean on his forty years of service to NOAA’s mission,” said Chairwoman Mikie Sherril (D-NJ) of the Subcommittee on Environment. “Craig has made so many critical contributions to our ability to accurately predict weather, understand ocean and climate science, map the seafloor, and stand up for integrity and excellence among government scientists. His service sets an exemplary standard for our cadre of public servants in oceans and climate science.”