Jeff Kimpel, an AMS Member, a Fellow of the AMS, an AMS Certified Consulting Meteorologist (#567), and the AMS President for 2000, is Director and Scientist Emeritus at NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory and Emeritus Professor of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, both in Norman, Oklahoma. Dr. Kimpel has broad experience in leading organizations in the atmospheric and related sciences. He has put together alliances of institutions and people to tackle complex, multidisciplinary problems. Past efforts include contributions to the creation of the National Weather Center, the OU / Fort Valley / Industry Consortium, and most recently, the Phased Array Radar Project. He has taught a graduate level course in private sector meteorology employing the case-study method. Dr. Kimpel served on the National Academy of Sciences Board on Natural Disasters. Previously, he chaired the Board of Trustees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, the National Science Foundation's Advisory Committee for the Atmospheric Sciences, and the National Weather Service / National Centers for Environmental Prediction Advisory Panel. Dr. Kimpel is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in Vietnam in 1967 - 1968. He is the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive in the Federal Senior Executive Service and an Alumni Citation from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He was elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society in 1989. Dr. Kimpel earned a BS degree in psychology from Denison University and MS and PhD degrees in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He joined the faculty at the University of Oklahoma in 1973 and has served as the Associate Dean of the College of Engineering, the Director of the School of Meteorology, the Dean of the College of Geosciences, and the Senior Vice-President and Provost of the Norman Campus. He retired as the Director of the National Severe Storms Laboratory in 2010.