OAKLAND -- The University of California has tapped a longtime Lawrence Livermore Lab scientist as its next vice president for laboratory management, UC President Janet Napolitano announced Tuesday.

In her new assignment, Kimberly Budil -- program manager for the lab's nuclear counterterrorism program -- will help oversee the Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley national labs and serve as an executive committee governor on the Lawrence Livermore National Security and Los Alamos National Security Boards of Governors.

She assumes her post on Thursday, replacing Glenn Mara, who is retiring on April 30 after 40 years with UC.

A 27-year Livermore lab employee, Budil has managed a number of programs including global security, weapons and complex integration, the National Ignition Facility, and physical and life sciences, lab officials said.

She has also worked closely with many federal agencies, including the departments of Energy, Defense, State and Homeland Security and the National Nuclear Security Administration.

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