WASHINGTON (WLFI) – Former Purdue President France Córdova has been named director of the National Science Foundation.
Her nomination was approved by the U.S. Senate Wednesday night. She had been nominated for the post by President Obama last summer.
The National Science Foundation promotes the progress of science and has an annual budget of more than $7 billion. NSF funds around 20 percent of all federally supported research done in colleges and universities in the United States.
Córdova served as Purdue’s president from 2007 to 2012. Before that, she held numerous positions at other universities and served as NASA’s Chief Scientist.
Córdova is currently Chair of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.