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Dan Gaylin Announced as Acting President of NORC at the University of Chicago

Press Release

8/5/2013, Chicago, IL. – The Board of Trustees at NORC at the University of Chicago announced today that Dan Gaylin, NORC’s current Executive Vice President of Research Programs, has been named the Acting President. The Board of Trustees is currently conducting a search to replace outgoing President and CEO John Thompson who was recently appointed to lead the U.S. Census Bureau.

“I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to lead NORC during this period,” said Dan Gaylin, Acting President of NORC at the University of Chicago. “For more than 70 years NORC has provided high-quality data and analysis to decision-makers and the public, informing some of the most important public policy issues of our times. I look forward to working with all of our talented staff as we continue and build on this important work.”


Gaylin has been at NORC for over 12 years, most recently as Executive Vice President for Research Programs.  In this role he oversaw all of NORC’s research departments, guiding implementation, development, partnerships and collaborations, and strategic planning. His nearly thirty years of experience spans research organizations, government, and the private sector. Prior to NORC Dan worked in the Office of Health Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where he directed research and strategic planning, as a Vice President at the Lewin Group consultancy,  and as a researcher at the Urban Institute.

“Given Dan’s exemplary management and research experience we know he will provide the organization with excellent leadership as Acting President,” said Edward O. Laumann, Chairman and Director of the board at NORC at the University of Chicago. “The board has great confidence in Dan’s ability to lead NORC during this time of transition.”

Throughout his career, Gaylin has conducted numerous complex policy and evaluation projects that combine primary data collection and analysis, analysis of existing data, and qualitative research methods to gather and distill complex information of interest to decision-makers, practitioners, and the general public into recommendations for improving policy, programs, and practice. His research has been funded by a wide range of Federal agencies, U.S. foundations, and private sector organizations. He has published his work widely in peer-reviewed journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and Health Affairs.


Dan holds an M.P.A. in policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public International Affairs at Princeton University and a B.A. in the Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania.


“I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to lead NORC during this period.”

Dan Gaylin


“I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to lead NORC during this period.”

About NORC at the University of Chicago

NORC at the University of Chicago conducts research and analysis that decision-makers trust. As a nonpartisan research organization and a pioneer in measuring and understanding the world, we have studied almost every aspect of the human experience and every major news event for more than eight decades. Today, we partner with government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world to provide the objectivity and expertise necessary to inform the critical decisions facing society.

Contact: For more information, please contact Eric Young at NORC at or (703) 217-6814 (cell).