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Interim Dean Named School of Natural Science and Mathematics

jeff simmonsEmmitsburg, Maryland – Mount St. Mary’s University has named Jeffrey Simmons, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Environmental Science, as Interim Dean of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics for the 2013-14 academic year. He follows Dean David Bushman, who was selected President of Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia, earlier this year.

“It is a privilege to serve this School, its distinguished faculty and its exceptional students,” says Dr. Simmons. “There is always excitement in this building as new discoveries, both big and small, are made every day by both students and faculty. That’s what I love about it.”

Simmons came to the Mount in 2006 from West Virginia Wesleyan College. He co-founded the Mount’s Environmental Science program, and chairs the Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Committee — a group of faculty, students and staff dedicated to making the Mount more sustainable. Simmons’ expertise in the field is recognized beyond the Mount as well. He is editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of Freshwater Ecology, and has published extensively on the subject of watershed ecology and human impacts on aquatic ecosystems.

Simmons earned his bachelor of arts in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Rochester. He graduated from Cornell University with both his Master of Science and doctorate in forest science and soil science. After completing his doctorate, he held a post-doctoral, research position with the University of Maine at Orono.  

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