Summer 2014 Director's Corner

It is a fact: all good things must come to an end. Some of my best years at the University are now coming to an end: this is my final month as Co-director of the WRC, as I am stepping down as part of my phased retirement. The search for my replacement is underway, but not completed, so I will continue to help out the WRC this coming year. The University is conducting a national search, and providing for an even stronger WRC for the future. (If interested, contact search chair Assistant Dean Greg Cuomo,

I have completely enjoyed and am immensely grateful for the twelve years I have spent at the WRC. I thank the wonderful staff, those generous and talented people who collectively made everything function seamlessly and professionally every day. They always made me look good: Maria, Tracy, Bonnie, Connie, Chris, Cheryel, Jillian, Toni, Susan, and others. I thank the many scientists and educators that are and have been the engine of the WRC’s productivity (you know who you are!). Finally, I thank my previous and current co-directors Jim Anderson and Faye Sleeper. It is has been a privilege to be part of this enterprising, talented, and fun group of people, all working on behalf of Minnesota water resources. 

When my successor is selected, please welcome him or her warmly, and help them understand the lay of the land, the needs and unique opportunities of Minnesota. Give the new Director all the great support you have given me all these years, and they will be successful.

Happy trails,

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Deb Swackhamer