University of Vermont

Former President Daniel Mark Fogel

New Dean of the Rubenstein School of the Envrionment and Natural Resources

From: Daniel Mark Fogel, President

To: University of Vermont Community

Date: April 17, 2009

Re: New Dean of the Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mary C. Watzin as the third Dean of the Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources. She will assume the full-time role effective July 1, 2009. Dr. Watzin is currently the Associate Dean for Graduate Education and School Planning in the Rubenstein School and the Director of the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, which she has led since its founding in 1998. She came to Vermont in 1990 as Assistant Unit Leader in the Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with an appointment as Research Associate Professor in what was then UVM's School of Natural Resources. She was appointed to the rank of Associate Professor in the School in 1994, and to Professor in 2005.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Ph.D.) and the University of South Carolina (B.S.), she worked for several years as an ecologist with the National Wetlands Research Center of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services in Slidell, Louisiana. Dr. Watzin has received numerous awards and other recognitions for her teaching, research, and service, including the Kroepsch-Maurice Award for teaching excellence and the Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Award from the Isle LaMotte Preservation Trust. She also received the Ibakari-Kasumigaura Prize recognizing her work with colleagues in Macedonia and Albania on transboundary water management. Dr. Watzin specializes in lake and watershed ecology and has published over 90 scientific papers in refereed journals, books, and technical proceedings.

Dr. Watzin is an accomplished researcher, educator, and administrator. We are very much looking forward to her leadership of the School, which will be critical to our collective pursuit of the vision for the University of Vermont as one of the nation’s premier small research universities and as a global leader in environmental science and policy. On behalf of the University community, my thanks go to Dean Domenico Grasso, who chaired the search committee, and to all of its members for their exemplary work. Please also join me in offering heartfelt thanks to Dr. Larry Forcier for his service as interim dean during the last year.

cc: Board of Trustees
Rubenstein School Board of Advisors

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