Dr. Raymond E. Bye, Jr., has spent his career at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Florida State University (FSU) in areas related to scientific and engineering research, research administration, U.S. science policy, and legislative and public affairs.
In 1972, he served over two decades at the NSF and for more than a dozen years as Director of the NSF's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. In that position, he served five NSF Directors and saw the NSF budget almost triple. Following his service at the Foundation, he was named Associate Vice President for Research at Florida State University in 1994. In 1998, he was named Interim Vice President and, in 1999, was selected as FSU's Vice President for Research. In that position, his responsibilities included sponsored research administration, intellectual property, the FSU Research Foundation, and several interdisciplinary research programs (such as the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, the Center for Advanced Power Systems, Laboratory Animal Resources, and the Marine Laboratory). He also served as the University's primary official in Washington for all R&D agencies and with Members and Committees of the U.S. Congress. In June 2003, he became FSU's Director of Federal Relations & Economic Development, assuming expanded federal relations responsibilities and activities related to economic development. During careers at both NSF and FSU, he has presented testimony over 100 times to Committees of the U.S. Congress.
During Dr. Bye's tenure as FSU's Vice President for Research, he committed FSU to the goal of doubling the research funding received over a five-year period. Under his leadership, FSU research activities grew from $88M to over $160M. Other initiatives included communication activities that highlighted the research talents of FSU faculty; initiated, secured bond funding, and oversaw completion of 170,000 square feet of new research construction; and coordinated a strategic research plan for FSU discussion.
Dr. Bye has served on several boards and commissions. These include President of the FSU Research Foundation and its Executive Committee. He has also served on the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Board of Governors and the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Board. He has chaired the ORAU Foundation board and served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). He has co-chaired APLU's Council on Governmental Affairs and has chaired Rhodes College's Red & Black Society and the St. John's Episcopal Church Foundation Board. He has also served on boards for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Foundation, the Economic Club of Florida, the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, and the North Florida Community Foundation.
Dr. Bye currently provides consulting services to a small energy-related R&D firm and to Idaho National Laboratory (INL). He is affiliated with two Washington consulting groups-Edington, Peel & Associates and Federal Research Strategies--since his retirement from FSU in July 2014.
Dr. Bye received the NSF's highest award, the NSF Distinguished Service Award. The citation noted his successful shepherding of the annual NSF budget through the Congress. When he assumed this responsibility, the NSF budget was less than $1billion; when he left for FSU, the annual budget exceeded $3.5 billion. Also at NSF, he was awarded the President's Meritorious Executive Award. He also was named the Rhodes College Distinguished Alumnus in 2009 and received the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities' Career Excellence Award in 2010. Dr. Bye received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes College and his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Kent State University. All of his degrees are in Political Science.
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