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Water Center will seek director

Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 15 - December 8, 1994

The Virginia Water Resources Research Center (VWRRC), is beginning a search for a new director from the ranks of the university's faculty (see advertisement above). Diana Weigmann, associate director, has been interim director since the retirement of William Walker in spring 1992.

The VWRRC is a University Center at Virginia Tech, a member of the Federal Water Resources Institutes, and a Virginia Center. Its current support is approximately 57 percent from Tech, 25 percent from the US Geological Survey, and 18 percent from the state.

VWRRC activities since 1990 were reviewed last year by the Commission on Research, and the center received a very positive review of its activities in fostering water-related research and information dissemination, reports Anne McNabb, who chaired the review for the Commission on Research. The report noted, "The center has used relatively modest research grants to facilitate a considerable amount of water research."

Recent reductions in state funding--by more than 50 percent--have necessitated a more restricted range of activities designed to maintain the center's role in facilitating its water research mission and the communication of the results of that research to water-user constituencies.

Members of the university community are invited to nominate candidates with water-related expertise for the position of director of the VWRRC. Letters of nomination should be sent to Clifford Randall, chair of the search committee, Department of Civil Engineering 0246. The committee will begin the review of applications on February 1, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.