“She has demonstrated significant administrative leadership skills and experience, and brings a broad perspective on natural resources and the environment that will serve this highly regarded college extremely well moving forward,” Provost Warwick Arden said in announcing Watzin’s appointment.
Watzin is an expert in marine sciences, aquatic ecology and management. She has served as dean of the Rubenstein School since 2009 and as professor since 2005. Before becoming dean, Watzin founded and directed the University of Vermont’s lakefront ecosystem science laboratory, which also oversees the university’s research vessel and collaborates closely with an adjacent science center and aquarium.
“I am deeply honored by the opportunity to lead NC State’s nationally prominent College of Natural Resources,” Watzin said in a news release. “The college and the university have a bold vision for the future and I am inspired by the transformational change that is under way across the campus. Solutions to the challenges of today’s world will come through new collaborations and the kinds of interdisciplinary teaching, research and global engagement that NC State is pursuing. I am very excited to join this effort.”
Watzin replaces Bob Brown, who is retiring after serving as dean since 2006.