Dr. Neal Wilkins named new director of TWRI
Dr. Neal Wilkins, director of the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources at College Station since 2006, also became director of the Texas Water Resources Institute on June 1.
Dr. Bill Harris, the water institute’s acting director since 2009 and previously the institute’s eight-year associate director, is retiring. He will continue in an advisory capacity until his Aug. 31 retirement.
Wilkins said he looks forward to leading both institutes.
“Both institutes have historically been successful in carrying out their respective mandates to enhance water and natural resources in the state,” Wilkins said. “I expect that the core functions and missions of both institutes will continue.”
Wilkins, who is also a professor of wildlife and fisheries sciences at Texas A&M, holds a doctorate in wildlife ecology from the University of Florida, a master’s in wildlife and fisheries sciences from Texas A&M University and a bachelor’s in forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Wilkins’ work has focused on the conservation and management of natural resource values on private lands.