Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego announced that Steve Gallagher will serve as assistant vice chancellor for finance and operations.

Gallagher’s career for the past 28 years has included a number of roles in management and program leadership at scientific organizations, including positions as regional administrator, deputy chief financial officer, deputy chief administrative officer, director of budget and planning, and project manager. Gallagher served as director of budget for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Washington, D.C., with duties that included planning and executing NOAA’s budget of more than $6 billion in annual expenditures, 17,000 employees, and 400 facilities.

Most recently, Gallagher served as the executive director and site manager for NOAA’s Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center (IRC) in Honolulu, Hawaii. The IRC consolidated 16 NOAA offices into a 310,000-square-foot facility with space for more than 700 NOAA employees and contractors. His duties included governance, operations, financial management, and planning.

“From facilities planning and construction to financial oversight, Scripps Oceanography’s vibrant research and education operations require a highly skilled business executive with a unique set of experience and skills,” said Margaret Leinen, UC San Diego’s vice chancellor for marine science and director of Scripps Oceanography. “That’s what we’ve landed with Steve Gallagher.”

Gallagher replaces Doug Bennett, who served as assistant vice chancellor at Scripps Oceanography from December 2006 to August 2015.