New Waves October 2008

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

Director Jones leaving TWRI for Dallas Center

Dr. Allan JonesDr. Allan Jones, director of the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) since 2000, is leaving the institute to take a faculty position at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Urban Solutions Center at Dallas. In his Dallas position, Jones will work under Resident Director of Research Dr. Frank Gilstrap to focus on the effects of urbanization on water resources.

Jones joined Texas AgriLife Research (then Texas Agricultural Experiment Station) in 1988 as resident director of research at Blackland Research and Extension Center. He has served as assistant vice chancellor of agriculture and life sciences and associate director of Texas AgriLife Research since 1996. He has also served as a member of AgriLife's Federal Relations team.

In an e-mail announcing Jones' departure, Dr. Mark Hussey, Texas AgriLife Research director and interim vice-chancellor for Agriculture and Life Sciences,  and Dr. Ed Smith, Texas AgriLife Extension Service director, said that the level of funding and impacts of TWRI's water programs have grown substantially under Jones' guidance.

"The institute and faculty it has helped fund have received numerous awards, and in many ways, TWRI is an example of how we believe an Institute should function," Hussey and Smith said. "We appreciate his many contributions, but understand his desire for a change, having served in administrative roles for over 20 years."

Dr. B. L. Harris, associate director of TWRI, said that Jones has gained the respect of many throughout Texas, nationally and internationally because of his leadership, knowledge, and innovative and proactive approaches to solving water resources issues.

"Dr. Jones quickly gains trust and respect and has a unique ability to bring diverse interests together, seek common ground and progress to successful program planning and conclusions," Harris said. "We at TWRI will miss his leadership."

An example of his leadership was his appointment in 2006 by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as chairman of the Bacteria TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) Task Force. This seven-member task force addressed Texas' number one water quality issue: bacteria pollution. He successfully led the task force to develop a consensus of important guiding principles for addressing bacteria impairments.

Dr. Jones will begin his new position in Dallas in January 2009.  Join us in congratulating him and wishing him well as he moves into this new phase of his career.

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