Stetson University has named Dr. Jason Evans as the interim executive director of the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience.
He begins Aug. 15. Dr. Evans will fill the position while Stetson searches for a permanent replacement for Clay Henderson, who is retiring.
Dr. Evans is an associate professor of environmental science and studies at Stetson as well as faculty director of IWER.
He has four goals that he hopes to accomplish during his IWER tenure.
Equip the environmental field station at the Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center by partnering with Stetson and others to conduct regular monitoring of water quality and algal bloom conditions in Lake Beresford and the St. Johns River.
Work with Volusia County and the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council to implement a green infrastructure project within the stormwater system of the SSAC through funding provided by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Work with faculty, students, staff and other partners on a solar photovoltaic array for SSAC’s facility and grounds.
Hold symposium-style workshops, one focusing on sustainable landscaping and green infrastructure, and another on climate change and flood insurance.
Mr. Henderson, a Stetson graduate, attorney and leading scholar of environmental policy, has served as IWER’s executive director for four years and taught environmental activism, law, planning and policy and water policy courses.
Stetson has honored his achievements with the Distinguished Alumni and George and Mary Hood Awards.
Mr. Henderson’s Stetson accomplishments include developing and organizing IWER and its staff, including the advisory and faculty steering committees, affiliate faculty and endowment; creating and administering the Sustainable Farming Fund to incentivize sustainable agriculture in the Suwannee River basin; and planning and conducting fundraising associated with the Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center
He will be relocating to Boston to write about environmental topics.
Guests can honor Mr. Henderson and his environmental contributions by donating to IWER at stetson.edu/other/iwer.