Barry Lee Myers
|Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere|
|Succeeding||Kathryn D. Sullivan|
Barry Lee Myers
July 20, 1943
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Education||Pennsylvania State University (BS)|
Boston University (JD)
|*Pending Senate confirmation|
Myers is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Philadelphia's Central High School, he received his B.S. in business administration and economics from Pennsylvania State University in 1967 and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1970. Myers served for 18 years on the graduate school faculty of Pennsylvania State University's Smeal College of Business.
Prior to becoming CEO of AccuWeather in September 2007, Myers served as the company's executive vice president and general counsel. Since 1990, Myers has been a member of the board of directors of the American Weather and Climate Industry Association, the weather industry's trade association, serving as the industry's chief federal-relations office. Myers also served as an advisor to the director of the U.S. National Weather Service at the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization Meetings in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2001 and 2008.
Myers has donated to the campaigns of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Mitt Romney. Myers also donated to Rick Santorum's campaigns for U.S. Senate. In 2005, Santorum sponsored a bill entitled the National Weather Service Duties Act of 2005, which failed to pass. Myers publicly supported the bill, which would have required the National Weather Service to stop providing weather information to the general public.
On January 6, 2019, it was announced that Myers had departed AccuWeather on January 1 and had sold all his interest in the company to move into a role leading the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under President Trump.
Nomination to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
On October 12, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Myers to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Myers has said he will liquidate his holdings in the family-owned company. His brothers will remain as the president, chairman of the board, and chief operating officer of AccuWeather. At his confirmation hearing, opponents of his confirmation hearing pointed out that the family connection would still represent a major conflict of interest.
Myers was selected for the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere position by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Myers deputies will include Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere Timothy Gallaudet, a Navy Rear Admiral with a doctorate in oceanography, and Assistant Secretary for Environmental Observation and Prediction Neil Jacobs, who was chief atmospheric scientist at the Panasonic Avionics Corporation.
If confirmed, Myers will be the second NOAA administrator without a science degree, and the first since Richard A. Frank left office in 1981. The agency employee's labor union opposes Myers nomination, citing his support of the Santorum bill.
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