Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

President's page: A new helmsman for NOAA


  • A. E. Maxwell


With the departure of Bob White as Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), both the government and the scientific community have lost a capable leader. He has performed outstandingly with NOAA and its predecessor agencies under five different U.S. Presidents. White's administrative competence combined with his scientific ability has enabled him to lead NOAA through its formative stages, which have involved increasingly complex problems with oceans and atmosphere. His dedication has been unquestioned. If there has been any tinge of lasting criticism of White's tenure, it might be said that to a certain extent he favored atmospheric over oceanic affairs. This would be natural and understandable considering his meteorological background.