John Wagner named INL director

November 6, 2020, 9:35AMNuclear News


John C. Wagner, ANS Fellow and member since 1991, has been named as the next director of Idaho National Laboratory, Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA) announced on Thursday. BEA manages and operates the laboratory for the Department of Energy.

Wagner will begin his new role on Dec. 11. He has been at INL since 2016 and has been an associate laboratory director for Nuclear Science and Technology since 2017.

Background: Wagner has guided and helped implement INL’s nuclear energy strategy at the nation’s center for nuclear energy research and development. As a recognized expert in reactor and fuel cycle technologies, Wagner is called upon frequently to provide expert testimony to Congress and to advise in formulation of policies for nuclear fuel cycles and advanced reactors.

Wagner has more than 20 years of experience performing research and managing and leading research and development projects, programs, and organizations. Prior to joining INL, he worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for nearly 17 years, where he held several research and leadership roles in reactor and fuel cycle technologies.

Wagner succeeds Mark Peters as INL laboratory director. It was announced in August that Peters accepted the position of executive vice president for laboratory operations at Battelle.

They said it: “John Wagner possesses the qualities the BEA Board was looking for in INL’s next director: advanced nuclear expertise, managerial experience, and strategic leadership,” said Ron Townsend, executive vice president of global laboratory operations and BEA chairman. “John is a proven leader who gets results.”

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