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Nancy Targett named College of Marine Studies dean

Nancy M. Targett
2:53 p.m., Dec. 6, 2005--Nancy M. Targett, interim dean of the College of Marine Studies since January of this year, has been named dean of the college and director of the Sea Grant College Program, Provost Dan Rich announced Dec. 5. Her appointment will be effective Jan. 1, 2006.

"Dr. Targett's appointment was unanimously recommended by the search committee, confirming the widespread support for her appointment within the college and across the University," Rich said. "Nancy is a nationally respected researcher with a long and distinguished record of service on our campus. She has done an outstanding job as interim dean, and I know that she is ready and able to lead the college to high levels of accomplishment in the years ahead.

"President Roselle and I believe that the College of Marine Studies will continue to flourish under Dean Targett's leadership, and we look forward to continuing to work with her," he said.

"I am pleased to have the opportunity to lead such a strong UD program," Targett said. "It is a particularly exciting time for us with the delivery of our new ship due in January.

"I come to this position from a multidisciplinary background, and I see lots of opportunities for research collaborations across units on campus," she said. "I also hope to raise our visibility among undergraduates at UD."

Targett was appointed interim dean when Carolyn Thoroughgood, dean of the college for 20 years, was named vice provost for research at the University.

A marine chemical ecologist, Targett has been a member of the UD faculty since 1984. She conducts research on how chemistry mediates interactions between marine organisms in habitats ranging from coral reefs to the Delaware Bay. Currently, she is working to develop an artificial bait that mimics the chemical attractant found in the horseshoe crab--Delaware’s state marine animal--to minimize the crab’s use as bait in the eel and conch fisheries.

Targett recently completed a five-year appointment as associate dean of the College of Marine Studies and a six-year appointment to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. She served as associate editor of the Journal of Chemical Ecology for three years and remains a member of its editorial board, and she is a lifetime member of the International Society of Chemical Ecology.

In 1999, she was selected as a fellow of the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program. Sponsored by the Ecological Society of America, the program teaches environmental scientists how to become more effective communicators of scientific information to the public. In 2003, she was named a National Associate of the National Academies in honor of her “extraordinary service” to the institution.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, she received her master's degree in marine science from the University of Miami and her doctoral degree in oceanography from the University of Maine.

UD's College of Marine Studies was founded in 1970 as an interdisciplinary, graduate college committed to advancing the knowledge, use and conservation of global, estuarine and coastal ocean environments through research, teaching and service. The college is the academic home of the University of Delaware Sea Grant College Program, designated in 1976.

With 37 core faculty members, six emeritus faculty, eight research scientists and 46 joint and adjunct appointments, the college had an enrollment of 103 students in 2004-05. Its facilities are located on the Newark campus and on the 132-acre Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. A new, state-of-the-art, 146-foot research vessel will arrive in 2006.

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