By New Mexico Business Weekly

After more than four years heading Los Alamos National Laboratory, Director Michael Anastasio said Wednesday he will retire in June.

Anastasio took the helm at LANL in June 2006. He is also president of Los Alamos National Security LLC, which operates the lab for the U.S. Department of Energyâ¿¿s National Nuclear Security Administration.

Anastasio announced his decision to retire in a message to lab employees Wednesday, saying, ⿿It has been a great privilege to serve as your laboratory director during some of the most gratifying, as well as challenging, years of my career.⿝

Norman Pattiz, who chairs the Los Alamos National Security Board of Governors, said in a letter to LANL staff that the board will begin searching for Anastasio⿿s successor immediately. Pattiz said in the letter that Anastasio⿿s ⿿leadership of the Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories is a legacy that is unique and marked with exceptional distinction.⿝

Before coming to LANL, Anastasio was director of Californiaâ¿¿s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 2002 to 2006. He started his career at Livermore in 1980.

⿿Dr. Michael Anastasio has served the nation with great distinction throughout his career working in our national labs. As a physicist, Dr. Anastasio worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he rose through the ranks to serve as director,⿝ U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., said in a statement on Anastasio⿿s retirement. ⿿At the helm of LANL in New Mexico, he has used his skills as both a true leader and scientist to further the mission.⿝

LANL employs more than 11,000, who work on nuclear weapons safety, threat reduction and issues such as energy and the environment. The firm that operates the lab, Los Alamos National Security, is a team that includes Bechtel National, the University of California, The Babcock & Wilcox Co. and URS (NYSE: URS).

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