WHOI Selects New President and Dean for Academic Programs

WOODS HOLE – The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has selected Dr. Meg Tivey as the next Vice President and Dean for Academic Programs.

Tivey will replace James Yoder, who is retiring in October, and will oversee all academic programs at WHOI, including the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science & Engineering for graduate students, postdoctoral and undergraduate programs and the graduate-level Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program.

Tivey has served as associate dean of academic programs since 2010 and will transition to the new position November 1.

“I am excited and honored to be able to work with the very talented postdoctoral scholars and investigators, graduate students and undergraduates who participate in WHOI’s education programs and to be able to play a role in the training and mentoring of the next generation of excellent ocean scientists,” Tivey said.

Tivey earned a B.S. degree in geology at Stanford University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geological oceanography at the University of Washington.

She came to WHOI as a postdoctoral scholar in 1989 and was hired as an assistant scientist in the Department of Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry in 1990 and is now a senior scientist.

Her research is focused on Seafloor hydrothermal systems.

“Meg brings a strong commitment to our students and postdoctoral researchers,” said Mark Abbott, WHOI’s president and director. “Her experience and insights will enable WHOI’s programs to continue to be at the forefront of education and research.”

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