UMCES President steps down after 27 years
Sep 18, 2017
Dr. Donald Boesch, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) President for the past 27 years, is stepping down today from his leadership role. Dr. Boesch will transition into the faculty at UMCES to focus on research and publications relating to the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. In his role as President of one of IMET’s three partner institutions, Dr. Boesch served on the IMET Governing Council where he has been critically important in helping IMET fulfill its mission.
IMET Director Dr. Russell Hill said of Dr. Boesch’s service to IMET, UMCES, and Maryland as a whole: “Dr. Boesch’s inspirational leadership has established UMCES as an important institution contributing to our understanding of complex environmental issues in Maryland, nationally and internationally. I am personally most grateful to him for his wise guidance and support of IMET”.
On September 11, Dr. Boesch’s many accomplishments were noted in the United States Congressional Records by Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin. Sen. Cardin specifically notes Dr. Boesch’s exemplary leadership, passion and dedication to addressing environmental issues, and his ability to bridge the divide between science and public policy.
Dr. Boesch is succeeded as UMCES President by former University of Idaho professor, Dr. Peter Goodwin. Dr. Goodwin has vast experience in bridging the gaps between science and public policy. His engineering background (specifically ecohydraulics - the study of aquatic animals and plants and the waters in which they live) brings a new perspective to UMCES. The faculty, staff and students at IMET and UMCES look forward to Dr. Goodwin’s leadership in helping to advance their mission in the years ahead.