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WSG director update

May 6, 2024

WSG is pleased to provide an update on its search for a new director. The Dean’s Office of the University of Washington’s College of the Environment and WSG are jointly exploring a new model for WSG leadership that would add a faculty director to our leadership team. We believe this new model will serve to maintain existing WSG programs and partnerships while providing additional valuable connections to research, expertise and resources for the benefit of Washington’s coastal communities.

Dr. Terrie Klinger, professor in the College of the Environment’s School of Marine and Environmental Affairs and longtime Sea Grant partner, will step in as director on an interim basis to help WSG build our new leadership model starting in July. The College of the Environment intends to recruit a member of the UW faculty to serve as permanent director of WSG by September 2025. Kate Litle will continue as deputy director, leading programs and other strategic partnerships and activities at WSG.

Terrie, Kate, and the rest of WSG’s outstanding leadership team and staff will continue to deliver research, technical expertise, community engagement and education to support the needs of Washington’s residents and the marine systems they depend on. We look forward to this opportunity to build on the impressive strengths that WSG has developed over decades of collaboration and engagement with partners in Washington’s coastal communities.

Thank you,

WSG Leadership Team


Washington Sea Grant, based at the University of Washington, helps people and marine life thrive through research, technical expertise and education supporting the responsible use and conservation of coastal ecosystems. The National Sea Grant College Program is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

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