Clay Henderson, a noted environmentalist and policy expert, will step up to be the premier executive director of Stetson University’s new interdisciplinary Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, the institution announced today in Deland, Florida.
"The institute will help bring together faculty and student research in collaboration with community partners to look at big picture issues affecting our environment," Henderson said.
Henderson, a 1977 Stetson graduate, has previously been senior counsel focusing on environmental and water law at Holland & Knight; president of the Florida Audubon Society; and affiliated with The Nature Conservancy and the Trust for Public Land. Additionally, he has served on the Volusia County Council and on various environmental commissions.
"I'm thrilled that we'll have Clay's leadership to launch the Institute. He's the perfect person to take us forward, uniquely qualified to shape and build it," Stetson's Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Karen Ryan said. "He brings both vast experience and a powerful vision for the future to this new role."
The Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience will focus on student and faculty research, strong public policy, community engagement and experiential education, and recreation components.
Stetson University, founded in 1883, is Central Florida’s oldest private university, focusing on community-engaged learning along with academic excellence. Its four campuses encompass three of the state’s major freshwater basins: the St. Johns River, the Everglades headwaters near Celebration; and the Alafia and Hillsborough rivers that flow into Tampa Bay.