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Thomas McBride to leave health and safety post

STANFORD -- Thomas F. McBride, who has directed Stanford's department of environmental health and safety since 1989, will leave the post in August and spend fall quarter teaching at the Washington, D.C., campus.

It will be a homecoming of sorts for McBride, who spent 25 years in the nation's capital as inspector general at the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and as associate Watergate special prosecutor. McBride also was head of the Civil Aeronautics Board's Bureau of Enforcement, staff director of the Police Foundation, associate director of the Urban Coalition and deputy director of the Peace Corps' Latin American region.

He came to Stanford in 1982 as associate dean for administration in the Law School

McBride said that at the D.C. campus he would teach legal perspectives on biology and a tutorial on governmental gridlock. He will resign from Stanford at the end of fall quarter and stay in Washington with his wife, Catherine Milton, who is on leave from Stanford serving as executive director of the Commission on National and Community Service.

McBride praised his "excellent staff" at environmental health and safety, and said his nearly three years there was "extremely challenging."

"The university's health and safety record has improved tremendously, but we still face major pressures from regulatory agencies, particularly with regard to the handling of hazardous materials," he said.

The department has managed to reduce its budget "at the same time we are facing sharply increased regulatory demands from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies," he said.

On Monday, April 27, McBride will make his annual report to the University Committee on Health and Safety. The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Terman Auditorium.

Ray Bacchetti, vice president for planning and management, is organizing a committee that will conduct a national search for McBride's successor.

In addition to his health and safety and Law School duties, McBride has taught in Human Biology and Values, Technology, Science and Society.

He said his departure is part of a deal he made with his wife: When he joined the Law School, Milton reluctantly left a position with the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging.

"We had a clear understanding that the next move was her call," he said. "And she called me."



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