President Donald Trump is nominating AccuWeather CEO Barry Myers to serve as the Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere in the Department of Commerce, according to a press release from the White House.
Myers is also a Penn State alumnus, having earned B.S. degrees in business administration and economics and his master in business (ABD) from the Smeal College of Business. He’s served as the CEO of AccuWeather, which was founded by his older brother Joel Myers, since 2007.
— Niels Lesniewski (@nielslesniewski) October 12, 2017
Myers served on the graduate school faculty in the Smeal College of Business for 18 years before joining AccuWeather full time. He has also served as the weather industry’s chief federal relations officer on the Board of Directors of the Commercial Weather Services Association and has served as an advisor to the Director of the U.S. National Weather Service at U.N. World Meteorological Organization Meetings.
This position is also the leader of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and it isn’t the first time a Penn Stater has been in the ranks of top NOAA officials. Meteorology professor David Titley served as NOAA’s chief operating officer under the Obama administration.
Though it appears Myers has support from Congress, he’s been criticized by those in the weather industry for his lack of technical background training in science.
Editor’s note: Barry Myers is the uncle of Dan Myers, who owns Onward State’s publishing company, LazerPro Digital Media Group.