CERF Announces Mark Wolf-Armstrong to Succeed Joy Bartholomew as Executive Director

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26 October 2011,  Port Republic, MD

CERF Announces Mark Wolf-Armstrong to Succeed Joy Bartholomew as Executive Director

On 5 November, the Governing Board of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation® (CERF) will formally confirm Mark Wolf-Armstrong, former President and CEO of Restore America’s Estuaries, to become CERF’s next Executive Director (ED) starting in January 2012. He succeeds retiring Executive Director Joy Bartholomew, who has been a leading force in helping CERF become a widely regarded and trusted source of cutting-edge science and management.
 
In announcing Wolf-Armstrong’s appointment, Walter Boynton, President-Elect of CERF and Professor at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, MD, said, “We are delighted to welcome Mark to CERF…his experience and enthusiasm for furthering CERF’s goals are simply wonderful. Mark will help us deliver useful information to managers and policy makers.” He continued, “During Joy’s time as director of CERF, all our programs grew and improved, and her service to the Federation’s members has been outstanding. Joy’s enthusiasm for CERF’s mission is contagious. CERF is in great shape to move forward.”
 
When accepting the post, Wolf-Armstrong emphasized CERF’s stature, track record, and visionary plans, saying, “CERF is a highly-respected, worldwide association of accomplished scientists, who are focused on understanding and stewardship of coasts and estuaries. We have many important opportunities ahead to find the best solutions to challenging problems facing our coasts, particularly in the face of climate change. I am honored to accept this role to amplify the voice and message of talented scientists, environmental managers, and educators, and to provide a launching pad for the many students who choose to work on coastal issues. It’s exhilarating to imagine and shape the future CERF.”
 
Bartholomew said, “Being the director of CERF is the best job in the world, because CERF is such a diverse and lively group. Our members will enjoy working with Mark, and he will contribute from day one. “ Reflecting on her experience, she continued, “CERF’s members are keenly aware that the race is on to understand the relationships within our favorite ecosystems and to help find ways to treat them sustainably. CERF will keep discovering more ways to help connect its members to fellow scientists and to society at large through its excellent publications, conferences, and the unique regional Affiliate Societies.”
 
Wolf-Armstrong has more than 30 years of executive experience leading nonprofit, governmental, and business organizations. As President and CEO of Restore America's Estuaries, he engaged representatives from government, business, tribes, nonprofits, and scientific communities to increase the knowledge, scale, pace and success of coastal habitat restoration. His leadership helped elevate coastal and estuarine restoration to a national priority, and this experience brings strategic connections to CERF.
 
Before joining CERF in 1992, Bartholomew worked for and as a consultant to planning and water resource agencies in Maryland, Louisiana, and Florida. In 1999, she received the Estuarine Research Federation’s Distinguished Service award.
 
CERF, an international scientific society, promotes scientific research to help solve problems of managing estuaries and coasts. It publishes a highly regarded journal, Estuaries and Coasts, and is well known for convening dynamic conferences and meetings. CERF supports the education of scientists, decision-makers, and the public and facilitates communication between these groups.
 
 
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