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Aaron Salzberg to direct Water Institute

Aaron Salzberg

An international leader in global water policy, peace and security, Aaron Salzberg has been selected to be the Don and Jennifer Holzworth Distinguished Professor and director of The Water Institute at Carolina.

Salzberg joins the Gillings School of Global Public Health and the environmental sciences and engineering department as a long-established leader in water policy. As the U.S. Department of State’s first special coordinator of water and chief of the water division within the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Salzberg led the development of United States foreign policy on drinking water and sanitation, water resources management and transboundary water issues to advance sustainable economic growth, peace and security.

As director of The Water Institute, Salzberg aims to change the way the world works on water through scientific discovery, technical innovation and policy leadership. 

“I couldn’t be more excited to come on board as the new director,” Salzberg said. “UNC has a long history of producing world leaders in water, and I’m extremely honored to have the opportunity to contribute and to be part of Carolina and the broader Research Triangle community.”