August 12, 2003
In a July 18 press release, the White House announced that President George Bush intends to nominate Vice Admiral John J. Grossenbacher, now serving as commander of the U.S. submarine forces in the Atlantic, to finish out the remainder of former Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Richard Meserve's five-year term, ending June 30, 2004. Upon confirmation by the Senate, the President intends to designate Grossenbacher to be chairman of the NRC.
Grossenbacher will replace current NRC Chairman Nils Dias, who was appointed as a temporary replacement for Meserve when Meserve resigned last March to head the Carnegie Institution, a research center in Washington, DC.
Vice Admiral Grossenbacher has served in the U.S. Navy since 1970. Prior to commanding the Atlantic submarine forces, he served as the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations. Among other awards received, he has been recognized with the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with three Gold Stars, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. Grossenbacher is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and received his master's degree from Johns Hopkins University.