Board Of Visitors Welcomes New Influential Members At Fall Meeting

On November 2nd, Dean Vincent and the Nicholas School Board of Visitors welcomed five new members to the Board at the bi-annual BOV meeting in Beaufort at the Duke University Marine Lab. Among the new members are Dr. Beth Stevens (T’81)  Disney’s former Senior Vice President for Corporate Citizenship, Environment & Conservation, Jud Wolfe (MEM’97)  an experienced environmental, health, safety, and compliance leader in the energy industry, Jeff Bass (T’89) — an attorney who specializes in environmental planning and land use, Michael Mars (T’91) — founder of an early-stage venture capital practice focused on catalyzing a sustainable economy and industrial clean technologies; and Dr. Mamie Parker, a former high-ranking official in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The new members joined the rest of the Board in Beaufort where they were able to provide input on the school’s undergraduate and PhD programs, the new MEM Business & Environment concentration, the nascent Natural Resources Finance Initiative, and Marine Lab priorities. Members were also treated to a tour of the Marine Lab facilities and some of its cutting edge research and innovation, during which they offered additional insight and took a closer look at how the faculty and students are making an impact.


At the Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Professor David Johnston provides a close-up look at work being done with cutting-edge drones and rovers


Professor Zackary Johnson discusses how algae is being used for sustainable food and fuel


Professor Doug Nowacek provides an overview of new ocean engineering and conservation technology that is being developed to track aquatic animal life


Many thanks to to all members of the Board of Visitors for traveling from across the country to lend their time and wisdom, and welcome to the new members!