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Association Departures and Arrivals (April 2, 2021)



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CEO Departures

Cehelsky to depart Universities Research Association

Marta Cehelsky has announced she will retire later this year after more than a decade as executive director of the $5.8M-revenue Universities Research Association. URA, a consortium of more than 90 research-oriented universities, was founded to build and operate research facilities in the national interest. A partnership of URA and the University of Chicago manages the Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Batavia, Ill. 

Cehelsky joined URA in 2008 as VP. Previously, she was senior adviser to the National Science Foundation’s director and executive secretary of the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Science under the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She was also senior adviser for science and technology at the InterAmerican Development Bank.

Cehelsky has a doctoral degree in comparative politics from Columbia University. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.