H. Guyford Stever, Director of the National Science Foundation, has announced a major reorganization of the agency that is designed ‘to provide an effective management structure for dealing with current and future operations. The reorganization has been under active consideration for more than a year and is aimed at strengthening NSF and addressing problems of increased activities,’ he said.
An important change involves restructuring the Directorate for Research and the Directorate for National and International Programs along more functional lines. As a result, three new directorates (Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences; Astronomical, Earth, and Ocean Sciences; and Biological and Social Sciences) have been established. Each of the directorates will be headed by an assistant director nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate.