Robert Groves to Leave Census Bureau

Robert Groves, former SRC Director, will be leaving the Census Bureau to become provost at Georgetown University. This collection of articles has some nice quotes about his tenure at the Census Bureau.

Do we know Groves’ religious affiliation? If not a Catholic, he will be only the second provost at Georgetown that is not a Catholic.

Georgetown Picks Census Director as Next Provost
Carol Morello | Washington Post
April 10, 2012

Interesting quotations:
Robert Groves:

“I’m an academic at heart. This was the kind of position that’s kind of hard to pass up.”

Darrell Issa (R-Calif), Chair of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

“His tenure is proof that appointing good people makes a big difference, and I urge the president to look for another servant of Robert’s caliber when naming his replacement.”

Terri Ann Lowenthal, consultant to the Census Project

“He has been straightforward and transparent, and I think he earned the respect of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. He also has taken bold steps to help the agency face difficult challenges in a time of severe fiscal constraints, rapidly evolving communications avenues and increasing public skepticism about the role of government and the privacy of their personal information.”

Robert Groves Stepping Down as Census Director
Jolie Lee |
April 10, 2012
More quotations:
Rebecca Blank, Deputy Secretary of the Commerce Department

“This is a significant and highly deserved honor for him — and a major capstone to his notable academic career”

[from blog post link below]

Tom Carper (D-Del)

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), who chairs the Senate subcommittee on federal financial management, said Groves joined Census when the agency “faced many operational and management challenges” but confronted them head-on.

“Through his impressive skill set and background in issues related to the Census and to statistics, he helped right the ship, ensuring the successful completion of the 2010 Decennial Census,” Carper said in a release.

Robert Groves on federal workers

“We all read in the papers each day some commentary on how federal employees are unmotivated, unproductive, and wasteful. I’ve met many who defy that stereotype. They do, however, need leaders who listen to their ideas, leaders who will support them when they trip attempting stretch goals, leaders who believe that government agencies can be as efficient as any other organization.”

Census Director Robert Groves to Leave the Commerce Department this Fall
Rebecca Blank | Random Samplings
April 10, 2012

Census Bureau director resigns
Andrew Lapin | Government Executive
April 10, 2012
Robert Groves commending Census employees for the successful 2010 Census

“This is hard work. It takes complete commitment to ongoing innovation. It’s not flashy. Indeed, public service is rarely sexy. It is, however, noble.”

[from his farewell blogpost link below].

Looking Forward, Looking Back
Robert Groves | Director’s Blog
April 10, 2012

U.S. Census Bureau director Robert Groves to be next Provost
Jackson Perry | Vox Populi
April 10, 2012

The choice highlights the priorities of the search process. At a town hall in January, the head of the search committee declared a commitment to Georgetown’s Jesuit identity as one of the committee’s three priorities in their considerations. Indeed, prior to Groves’ appointment, only one provost in University history was neither a Jesuit nor a Catholic. However, DeGioia’s email to the community making the announcement does not mention the University’s religious identity or Groves’ commitment to it. At the time of publication, Groves’ religious affiliation was not immediately known.

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