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France Cordova Confirmed to Head NSF

NSF_buildingFrance Cordova, former Purdue University president and board member at Science Applications International Corp. , has been confirmed by the Senate to serve as director of the National Science Foundation, the Journal Courier reported Thursday.

Hayleigh Colombo writes Cordova, who led Purdue between 2007 and 2012, will take the helm of an agency that has been hit by budget cuts resulting from sequestration to federal research spending.

NSF has a budget of $7.2 billion, according to Colombo’s report.

Agency spokeswoman Dana Topousis said Cordova will serve a six-year term that will start after she is sworn in within the next couple of weeks, the Journal Courier reports.

Cordova has been a SAIC board member since 2008, the company said Thursday.

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