NRC makes senior appointments

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has announced the appointment of Michael Johnson as deputy executive director for Reactor and Preparedness Programs and Glenn Tracy as director of the Office of New Reactors (NRO).

Johnson is responsible for overall management of the offices of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR), NRO, Nuclear Security and Incident Response (NSIR) and NRC’s four Regional Offices. Prior to assuming his current role on May 14, Johnson had been director of NRO since 2008.

Johnson joined the NRC in 1986 as a Reactor Operations Engineer in the former Office of Inspection and Enforcement. From 1987 to 1989, he served as a Regional Coordinator in the Office of the Executive Director for Operations.

From 1989 to 2005 he served in a number of progressively more responsible positions in NRR, the last as deputy director, Division of Systems Safety and Analysis. From 2005 to 2006, he held the position of director, Office of Enforcement. From 2006 to 2008 Johnson served as deputy director, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.

Johnson is a graduate of the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program. He received a bachelor’s degree in Ocean Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.

As director of NRO, Tracy’s primary responsibilities and program areas include siting, licensing and oversight for new commercial nuclear power reactors. He was most recently the NRC’s deputy chief human capital officer.

Tracy joined the NRC in 1989 and has held positions of increasing responsibility, including roles as a reactor engineer, senior resident inspector, and manager of key agency programs. His assignments have included the NRC’s Region I office in King of Prussia, Pa., NRR, NRO, the Office of the Executive Director for Operations and the office of former NRC Chairman Richard A. Meserve.

After Sept. 11, 2001, he was assigned as the director, Division of Nuclear Security in NSIR. Upon the establishment of NRO in 2006, he was appointed as the director, Division of Construction Inspection and Operational Programs.

Prior to joining the NRC, Tracy served for seven years on active duty as a submarine officer. He continued serving in the Navy Reserve while with the NRC and recently retired from the Navy after 30 years of total service, during which he held five Navy Reserve commands. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture from the U.S. Naval Academy and is a graduate of NRC’s Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program.