Former Bechtel Executive Named to Lead University of California Advisory Council.
William L. (Bill) Friend, former executive vice president of the Bechtel Group, Inc., is the new chairman of the University of California President's Council on the National Laboratories.
The 20-member panel of experts advises the university on its management of the Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos national laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The university is restructuring the council to place increased emphasis on the oversight of security and the management of large-scale projects at the three laboratories.
Friend, 64, a chemical engineer with 41 years of experience in the international engineering and construction industry, was asked to chair the advisory council by U.C. President Richard C. Atkinson. Friend succeeds noted physicist Sidney Drell who retired from the council earlier this year after having been the group's chairman for more than six years.
"The outstanding record of leadership and experience Bill Friend brings to this position will be of significant benefit to the University of California and the Department of Energy laboratories," Atkinson said.
Friend retired last year as executive vice president of the Bechtel Group. In 21 years with the global engineering and construction firm he was responsible for a number of large and complex undertakings for Bechtel clients, including the DOE and U.S. Department of Defense. He currently is a consultant for Bechtel and a director of Bechtel National, Inc., the company's U.S. government contracting arm.
Before joining Bechtel, Friend was president and chief executive officer of J.F. Pritchard of Kansas City, Mo., and an executive with The Lummus Company with appointments in Mexico, the Netherlands, Germany and the United States.
Friend, a graduate of New York's Polytechnic University and the University of Delaware, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He lectures on project management in emerging economies for the Georgetown University Business School. He is also a director of Pitt-Des Moines, Inc.; a member of the Board of Consultants of Riggs National Corp.; a director and member of the Executive Committee of the Institute of the Americas; and a former chairman of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.
Note to Editors: A longer version of this announcement and a photo of Friend are available electronically at http://labs.ucop.edu/nr/nr120299.html.