VIMS Names New Director


A new director for the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) has been named.

The College of William & Mary announced on June 28 that nationally renowned ecologist Dr. Derek Aday will be the next head of the School of Marine Science and director of VIMS.

Aday, who will assume the position of VIMS director on September 1, is currently head of the Department of Applied Ecology at North Carolina State University and university director of the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center. Aday replaces John Wells, who is retiring as head of VIMS after 17 years.

 “Following the exceptional leadership of Dr. Wells, VIMS and the School of Marine Science are positioned to expand the university’s reach globally in the coming decades,” William & Mary President Katherine A. Rowe said.  “And for Virginia, VIMS is vital to ensuring the continued prosperity of the commonwealth’s ecology, economy, and coastal communities. Derek Aday’s talents and experiences perfectly match these challenges and opportunities.”