Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Chartered in 1940, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) is one of five graduate schools of the College of William and Mary. VIMS' tripartite mission to provide research,education, and advisory service in marine science is mandated in the Code of Virginia. The main campus is located in Gloucester Point, VA, at the mouth of the York River, a major tributary and passageway to the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. The Eastern Shore Laboratory, in Wachapreague, VA, offers access to embayments, salt marshes, and barrier beaches. A third campus, the Kauffman Aquaculture Center on the Rappahannock River, provides access to a low-salinity environment. The Institute focuses much, but not all, of its research on coastal and estuarine systems. Approximately 500 faculty, staff, and students are engaged in marine science activities at the Institute.
Curtis Lakeman Newcombe, Director from 1940-1944
William J. Hargis, Jr., Director and Dean from 1959-1981
Frank O. Perkins, acting Dean from 1981-1982, Dean and Director from 1982-1990
Dennis L. Taylor, Dean and Director from 1991-1995
Don Wright, Dean and Director from 1995-2003
John Wells, Dean and Director from 2003-present
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