ORI is unique among independent research centers in that it has a democratically managed governance system of employee committees, councils, and Board of Directors. ORI highly values and encourages employee participation, open communication, teamwork, and consensus decision-making.
ORI adopted a new leadership structure and promoted two long-time employees to leadership positions in 2012.
Byron J. Glidden was hired as the new Administrative Director (AD) in January 2012. Byron had been the Human Resources Manager at ORI since 2002 and has a strong background in organizational development, management, and psychology. The Administrative Director oversees organizational operations and supervises the 40+ administrative employees who keep the doors open and the lights on.
Carol W. Metzler, Ph.D., was hired in December 2012 to the new position of Science Director (SD). Carol joined ORI in 1990 and has been an ORI scientist since 1993. Her research focuses on evaluating the efficacy of family and school interventions for reducing or preventing behavior problems in children and youth. The Science Director is the principal liaison between the scientists and ORI administration and is the primary external spokesperson and external relations coordinator for the Institute.
Research scientists at ORI enjoy scientific autonomy in a collegial workplace dedicated to scientific rigor and excellence.
A Leadership Advisory Committee acts as an advisory body to the two Directors, providing support and direction based on feedback, directives, and recommendations from the Councils and the Board.