The University of Md. Center for Environmental Science is Getting a New President

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The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science will soon have a new president for the first time in 27 years.

The Cambridge, Md.-based environmental research branch of the University System of Maryland announced yesterday that Peter Goodwin will be its new president effective Sept. 18. Goodwin is bringing a wide range of environmental expertise to Maryland. He founded the Center for Ecohydraulics Research at the University of Idaho, which studies how ecosystems react to river cleanup or management projects, and is also a professor of civil engineering at the university.

He’s worked on river restoration, flood control and other eco-engineering projects in California, the Columbia River Basin in the Northwest United States and the nearby Delaware Bay. His expertise should be welcome for a research institution that fixates much of its research on the vulnerable Chesapeake Bay, in addition to other parts of the Eastern Shore and Appalachia.

“The Board of Regents is delighted that Dr. Goodwin has accepted the appointment as the next president of UMCES,” said University System of Maryland Board Chair James Brady in a statement. “The board was impressed with the range of his research and expertise, and the highly positive personal dynamic he brings to leading an institute that stretches across Maryland from the Eastern Shore to the Appalachians.”

Goodwin will need to fill the shoes of Donald F. Boesch, who’s retiring as president of UMCES after 27 years. Boesch has earned a reputation as a leading national expert in using science with environmental policy actions. He previously spoke to Baltimore Fishbowl about the potential for unchecked climate change to create “long and intolerable” summers for Baltimore. (His institution’s researchers also catalogued data on how it’s already affecting the city now.)

Boesch will remain on the UMCES faculty for one year to finish up projects and publications, the school said.

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