Daniel L. Devlin has been selected as President-Elect of the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR), effective October 1, 2017.
NIWR is a national organization of Water Resources Research Institutes established under the Water Resources Research Act of 1964. Its 54 member institutes – one located in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam – work closely with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and other partners to carry out their mission of objective research and communication on issues relating to the nation’s water supplies.
Devlin will serve a one-year term as NIWR President-Elect before taking on the position of President for 2018-2019. His duties as President-Elect will include planning and presiding over the organization’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. in February. Devlin currently holds positions as the Director of the Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources (KCARE) and the Kansas Water Resources Institute (KWRI) at Kansas State University. He is also a Professor in K-State’s Department of Agronomy.
“It will be an honor to represent the water institutes during the next few years,” said Devlin. “This is a great opportunity for me to work in a leadership role within the water research institutes across the country.”
The Institutes represent a volunteer-led organization that supports the creation of local tools and policies to better manage water. Their focus begins at the local level, creating partnerships that make impacts on the local, state, and national stages. It is the only authorized federal-state program focusing on applied water resource research, education, training, and outreach.
Devlin has been active in the organization since 2013 as member of the NIWR’s board of directors. At K-State, he has been director of KCARE and KWRI since 2010. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the University Council on Water Resources.