Peden named interim director of the UNC Institute for the Environment

Read a memo from Terry Magnuson, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Research, announcing the appointment of David Peden, MD, MS, to the position of Interim Director of the UNC Institute for the Environment.

Dear colleagues,

David Peden, MD, MS, will begin as interim director of the UNC Institute for the Environment on July 1, 2017, after current Director Larry Band steps down on June 30. Peden, the Harry S. Andrews Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine, currently serves as director of the Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma & Lung Biology and the senior associate dean for Translational Research in the School of Medicine, in addition to many other senior administrative positions.

As the interim director of the Institute for the Environment, Peden will oversee the institute’s activities in interdisciplinary research, outreach, and engagement that address pressing environmental issues facing communities in North Carolina and throughout the globe.

Larry Band, PhD, has served as director for the past nine years — overseeing the transition of the institute from a unit largely focused on undergraduate education into a research powerhouse. He is also the Voit Gilmore Distinguished Professor of Geography in the College of Arts and Sciences and a visiting professor at the Institute for Geography within the Chinese Academy of Science.  Band is stepping down as director to join the faculty at the University of Virginia as the Ernest H. Ern Professor in Environmental Sciences and professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Band has been an instrumental force in leading environmental research programs and projects that benefit our state, the nation, and the world. His championship of interdisciplinary approaches to solving critical environmental issues will be felt at UNC long after he departs.

Please help me both welcome Dave in his new role, and wish Larry all the best.


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