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Chi-Chang Kao’s last day serving as SLAC lab director will be Feb. 3

Chi-Chang Kao, who last October shared plans to step down as director of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, announced yesterday that he will be stepping down sooner than anticipated due to personal reasons. His last day serving as lab director will be Feb. 3.

President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Persis Drell have asked Stephen Streiffer, Stanford’s current vice president for SLAC, to take on the lab director role in the interim as the search for a new director, which began late last year, continues. Streiffer will return to his vice presidential position once the new lab director is in place.

SLAC is a national science laboratory managed and operated by Stanford for the U.S. Department of Energy.