Dr. Jim Reilly Takes the Helm at the U.S. Geological Survey

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Geoscientist/Astronaut/Explorer Will Lead Interior Agency

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today welcomed the arrival of Dr. Jim F. Reilly II at the Department of the Interior to begin his tenure as the 17th director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

“Dr. Reilly is an accomplished explorer, scientist, and public servant who has spent years defending our nation as a Navy Reserve officer and pushing the limits as an astronaut,” said Secretary Zinke. “Dr. Reilly will be a strong leader for the USGS as it addresses the natural resource opportunities and challenges we face as a nation. I am excited to finally have him on board and look forward to working with him.”

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