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VIMS dean set to retire next year

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science’s dean, Dr. John Wells, is scheduled to retire June 30 of next year after nearly 17 years of service.

Wells was appointed dean on Aug. 1, 2004 and during his career he brought on a total of 28 new faculty members. He said that VIMS has a great group of faculty, staff and students.

“They’re the future of VIMS,” said Wells.

Throughout his time at VIMS, there have been five new buildings constructed on the main campus with another one about to break ground. There have also been multiple new additions made to VIMS’ Eastern Shore Laboratory. Wells describes the VIMS campus as delightful and aesthetically pleasing.

Wells is proud of VIMS’ state-of-the-art research vessel, the Virginia, which was christened in April 2019 and was funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is also proud of the strong interest that VIMS has received over the years and the willingness of his faculty and staff to reach out to people and talk about science.


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