The U.S. Department of Energy has named Kevin Hall as the manager of its Oak Ridge Office. Hall has served as the office’s deputy manager since April 2013.
As manager, Hall oversees the Oak Ridge Integrated Support Center, which provides critical mission support services in the personnel, finance, budget, procurement, legal, security, and emergency management, and employee health and safety on a local and national level, a press release said.
Hall is also responsible for managing the 33,500-acre Oak Ridge Reservation. This function involves managing issues that impact areas surrounding Oak Ridge National Laboratory, East Tennessee Technology Park, and National Nuclear Security Administration Production Office, and leading projects that may affect multiple sites.
“In his role as ORO’s deputy manager, Kevin exhibited all of the qualities required to lead one of the Office of Science’s most important assets,” said Joe McBrearty, deputy director of field operations for DOE’s Office of Science. “He has tremendous experience within the Department, and he is well-suited to advance the office’s crucial work in Oak Ridge and across the county.”
Hall replaces former Oak Ridge Office Manager Larry Kelly, 58, who died in February after a two-year battle with cancer.
Before arriving in Oak Ridge in 2013, Hall worked at the Department’s Savannah River Site Office, or SRSO, in Aiken, South Carolina, where he served as the deputy federal project director for oversight, construction, and start-up of the $7 billion Mixed Oxide Fuel Facility project. Until August 2012, he was deputy manager for the SRSO. He managed oversight of the Tritium Extraction Facility startup, implementing a multiyear program that led to a successful nuclear startup and operations.
Previously, Hall was the assistant manager for Mission Assurance with SRSO—responsible for operations and weapons quality. Prior to that, he was acting assistant manager for Material and Facility Stabilization. In this capacity, Hall managed plutonium, uranium, and special nuclear material programs, and he served as DOE director of Safeguards and Security at the SRSO.
He has also served as the deputy project manager for the Accelerator for Production of Tritium project in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In this role, he established the project management framework and managed the technology development program for the $5 billion program.
Hall has DOE experience in managing operations of nuclear material processing and waste management facilities. He also worked as a nuclear engineer at the Charleston Naval Shipyard and as a shipboard engineer in private industry.
Hall is a career member of the Senior Executive Service. He is a level III federal project director and acquisition professional. He is a certified project management professional and is a 2005 graduate of the DOE SES Candidate Development Program. He graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. He is a licensed professional engineer in South Carolina, a graduate of the CERN accelerator school, and in May 2010, completed the Institute of Nuclear Power Operators Senior Nuclear Plant Manager course.
Hall is originally from Biloxi, Mississippi, but he grew up in Tampa, Florida. His interests involve the outdoors, boating, hunting, and competing in triathlons and road races. Kevin and his wife Lydia have two children.