Bienvenue Directs Oak Ridge Institute

Joan Bienvenue is executive director of the Oak Ridge Institute at the University of Tennessee.

Joan M. Bienvenue, MBA ’13, has been named executive director of the Oak Ridge Institute at the University of Tennessee. The institute was established last year to align Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the university in support of research and talent development.

At the institute, Bienvenue will focus on graduate research in emerging fields and lead recruitment of faculty, staff, and students. Before joining Oak Ridge in March 2021, Bienvenue was senior executive director of the University of Virginia Applied Research Institute.

Besides her Mary Washington MBA, Bienvenue holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Virginia, a master’s of forensic science from the University of New Haven, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Rivier University.

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