Updated March 27 at 9:27am

URI names Corliss GSO dean


NARRAGANSETT – The University of Rhode Island has appointed Bruce H. Corliss as dean of its Graduate School of Oceanography, the school announced Tuesday.

Corliss, director of the Duke/University of North Carolina Oceanographic Consortium in Beaufort, N.C., will join URI in September.

“I look forward to working with the GSO community to continue this tradition of significant contributions in education, research and outreach to URI, the state of Rhode Island, and the oceanographic community,” Corliss said in a statement.

The consortium consists of five universities in North Carolina that operate the R/V Cape Hatteras research vessel owned by the National Science Foundation.

Previously, Corliss was interim chair of the Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences, senior associate dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment and chair of the Department of Geology at Duke University in Durham, N.C.

Prior to working at Duke, he was on the scientific staff at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Mass.

Corliss received both his master’s degree and doctorate in oceanography at GSO.

“Dr. Corliss brings to the Graduate School of Oceanography a breadth of knowledge and extensive administrative and management experience in academia and a superb record of research and education in the field,” URI Provost Donald DeHayes said in a statement.

In addition to his work at the consortium, Corliss chairs the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System, an organization of 61 academic institutions and national laboratories that coordinate the activities of U.S. oceanographic research ships and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He will have executive responsibility for the GSO and provide leadership for its academic, research and outreach initiatives. GSO currently enrolls 90 graduate students and employs 200 faculty, researchers and support staff at URI’s Narragansett Bay campus.


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