It is with mixed emotions that I announce that effective June 29, 2018, Jim Floyd will retire from the Laboratory. Jim leaves behind a legacy of extraordinary leadership during his career at LBNL and he will be greatly missed as he moves on to the next exciting chapter in his life. As you are aware, Jim Floyd has been serving as the interim Chief of the Projects and Construction Office (PCO) and Jack Salazar as interim EHS Division Director since March 5, 2018. Moving forward, Jack Salazar will continue in his role as Interim EHS Division Director, and a new interim leader for PCO will be announced before Jim leaves the Lab. A national search is underway for both of these key leadership positions.
Since July 2013, Jim established an incredibly high standard in leading the EH&S Division at LBNL. His efforts have resulted in transformative changes in the safety culture at LBNL, including greater line management engagement and stewardship and better alignment of EH&S Division support with the research and operations needs and mission of the Laboratory. Jim worked tirelessly to optimize collaboration across operations functions and building effective partnerships with Lab customers, DOE, UCNL stakeholders, and colleagues throughout the complex.
Jim’s distinguished contributions prior to his role as EH&S Division Director date back to 1993 when he joined Berkeley Lab, managing a diverse succession of EHS functions, including Analytical Services, Industrial Hygiene, Radiation Protection, Energy Sciences Support, Information Systems, Dosimetry, Waste Management, and Bevatron D&D (among others). In 2006, Jim served as the EH&S Program Manager for the Advanced Light Source (ALS). In that role he was responsible for assuring an effective and efficient user safety program for over 2000 ALS users per year covering a wide range of work hazards. Jim also served as the Chair of the Lab’s Safety Advisory Committee where he shepherded several improvement efforts, including an effort to develop thoughtful risk-based approaches to EHS policies in areas such as electrical equipment safety and biosafety, and fostering more participation from research and support organizations in the development and review of these policies.
Please join me in thanking Jim for his extraordinary dedication and leadership during his tenure at LBNL, and in congratulating him on this next step. We will miss Jim’s energy, passion and commitment and wish him the very best in the next phase of his life.