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McKay Appointed New Associate Dean for Research and Facilities

Larry McKayLarry McKay, Jones Professor of Hydrogeology in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, will be the new Associate Dean for Research and Facilities for the College of Arts and Sciences.

“I am very excited about serving the college in this role and look forward to working with the many departments and schools in the college,” McKay says.

McKay joined the university in 1993 as the Jones Assistant Professor of Hydrogeology in what was then known as the Department of Geological Sciences. He became head of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences in 2009 and spent eight years leading the department through several changes, including the design, construction, and move to Strong Hall.

“I plan to visit each of the departments and schools over the next six months to learn about their research and scholarly activities and facilities,” McKay says. “I am especially interested in looking at innovative ways to improve support for research and creative achievement for all of the units within the college.”

He will begin working 25 percent of the time with outgoing Associate Dean Chris Boake next semester. McKay will take over full-time August 1, 2019, when Associate Dean Boake retires.

“I’d like to thank Chris Boake for her leadership and hard work on projects like Strong Hall and the Mossman building,” McKay says. “Completion of these projects will allow me to develop new priorities, in consultation with the college and the departments and schools.”