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FAU’s Margaret Leinen, Ph.D., Voted President-elect of American Geophysical Union Board of Directors

BOCA RATON, FL (November 1, 2012) - Margaret Leinen, Ph.D., associate provost for marine and environmental initiatives and executive director of Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, has been named president-elect of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) board of directors. Leinen will serve as president-elect in 2013-14 and will become AGU president in 2015-16.

“This is a tremendous honor for Dr. Leinen and Florida Atlantic University,” said FAU President Mary Jane Saunders. “The American Geophysical Union is one of the world’s most authoritative scientific organizations, and we are very proud that Dr. Leinen has been selected to lead it. She is eminently well qualified to assume this important responsibility.” 

Leinen joined AGU as a member in 1974, and has served on its board of directors since 2010. “It will be a privilege to lead AGU, which represents earth, atmosphere, ocean and space science researchers around the globe,” said Leinen. “In addition to providing scientific leadership and collaboration, AGU is committed to connecting our science to the needs of society.”

AGU is an international non-profit scientific organization with more than 61,000 members in 146 countries. Established in 1919 as a committee within the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, AGU was independently incorporated in 1972. Its mission is to promote discovery in earth and space science for the benefit of humanity, and the organization is dedicated to galvanizing a community of scientists that collaboratively advance and communicate science and its power to ensure a sustainable future.

“Scientific research and discovery will play a major role in how we address the challenges faced by communities and regions around the world, from climate change and natural hazards, to the availability and reliability of natural resources,” said Leinen. “That makes this an incredibly exciting and equally challenging time for AGU and its members.”

“Margaret’s wealth of experience and dynamic vision for the future will be an incredibly valuable asset as AGU seeks to tackle these challenges and build a foundation for the future,” said Carol Finn, AGU’s president for 2013-14. “Margaret has been a vital contributor to the success of the AGU board of directors over the past two years and I'm excited that we'll be working together in our new roles.”


About Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute :
Founded in 1971, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University is a research community of marine scientists, engineers, educators and other professionals focused on Ocean Science for a Better World. The institute drives innovation in ocean engineering, at-sea operations, drug discovery and biotechnology from the oceans, coastal  ecology and conservation, marine mammal research and conservation, aquaculture, ocean observing systems and marine education. For more information, visit .

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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