President Trump announced tonight his intent to nominate Accuweather CEO Barry Myers to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, which would also make him Administrator of NOAA.  The nomination has been expected for some time.

Barry Myers. Credit: Barry Myers’ LinkedIn webpage.

Myers has been CEO of Accuweather since 2007.  Prior to becoming CEO, he was Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Accuweather was founded by his brother, Joel Myers, in 1962.

From 1970-1990, he was an associate professor at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business.  He received his B.S. in business administration and economics and master in business from Penn State, and his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law.  He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.

Rumors that he was the top candidate for the job date back to the early spring.

The Senate just confirmed RDML Timothy Gallaudet (Ret.) to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Deputy Administrator of NOAA last week.

Neil Jacobs was nominated for another top spot at NOAA, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction, on September 29.

Myers and Jacobs both must be approved first by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, and then by the full Senate.  The Committee acted quickly on Gallaudet’s nomination.  He was nominated on September 1, his confirmation hearing was on September 27, he was approved by the committee on October 4 and the Senate confirmed him on October 5.  Whether the Myers and Jacobs nominations move along as quickly remains to be seen.




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