Pat Leahy ’79 Leads U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Gale Norton named P. Patrick Leahy, Ph.D. ’79, acting director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in June.
“Pat is a consummate professional with a wealth of scientific expertise and administrative experience on a broad range of issues,” Norton said. “He has been with USGS since 1974, and I am confident in his ability to take on this position.”
Leahy previously served as associate director for geology of the USGS, where he was responsible for federal earth science programs, which included worldwide earthquake hazards monitoring and research, geologic mapping of land and seafloor resources, volcano and landslide hazards, and assessments of energy and mineral resources. He also was responsible for all USGS international activities.
In his tenure with the USGS, Leahy has served in various technical and managerial positions, including chief of the National Water-Quality Assessment Program. He has written more than 50 publications on an array of earth science topics. Born in Troy, N.Y., Leahy holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in geology and geophysics from Boston College. He received his doctorate in geology from Rensselaer, where he specialized in regional groundwater studies and hydraulics.
Leahy received the Meritorious Service Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior and in 2003 was recognized as a Meritorious Senior Executive by President George W. Bush.