Secretary Jewell Statement on the Senate Confirmation of Suzette Kimball as Director of the U.S. Geological Survey

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Date: December 18, 2015
Contact: Jessica Kershaw,

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Suzette M. Kimball as Director of the U.S. Geological Survey, the Nation’s chief earth science agency. President Obama announced his intent to nominate Kimball as Director in January 2014, and she has been leading the agency in an acting capacity since February 2013.

“I am pleased the Senate voted to confirm Dr. Suzette Kimball to this important leadership post in the Administration. As a geophysicist and veteran of decades in public service, Dr. Kimball is eminently qualified to lead the USGS. From mapping and LANDSAT satellite images used by people around the world, to helping communities understand and prepare for natural events such as flooding, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, USGS plays a critical role for our Nation and the world. Dr. Kimball’s commitment to providing impartial information on some of the Earth’s most complex scientific systems will ensure that this important work continues. During her time at USGS, she has proven to be a collaborative leader as well as an effective advocate for science in guiding smart decision-making.”

For more information on the nomination of Kimball, click here. For more information on the USGS, click here.  

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