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Van Gundy On Board Yet Again


UCR Professor Reappointed to State Water Board

Seymour D. Van Gundy has served on the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board since 2000

(November 20, 2006)

Seymour D. Van Gundy is professor emeritus of nematology at UC Riverside. Photo credit: R. Duran, UCR.

Seymour D. Van Gundy is professor emeritus of nematology at UC Riverside. Photo credit: R. Duran, UCR.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Seymour D. Van Gundy, professor emeritus of nematology at UC Riverside, was reappointed by Governor Schwarzenegger Nov. 15, 2006, to the State Water Quality Control Board, Region 8. Van Gundy, of Riverside, has served on the board since 2000.

Created by the state Legislature in 1967, the State Board's mission is to preserve, enhance and restore the quality of California's water resources. The joint authority of water allocation and water quality protection enables the State Water Board to provide comprehensive protection for California's waters.

Region 8, the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board, is based in Riverside, monitoring what is geographically one of the smallest regions but also one of the fastest growing in terms of population, causing additional environmental stress to the semiarid region.

“Dr. Van Gundy brings an unbiased point of view to the tough environmental issues facing our region,” said Steven Angle, dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at UCR. “He is well respected by the campus faculty and administration for his honesty, integrity, and strong moral character. And he certainly has the requisite background for this position.”

At UCR, Van Gundy, 75, has held the positions of assistant vice chancellor for research, dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, associate dean of the Graduate Division, and professor and chair of the Department of Nematology.

He is a member of the Society of Nematologists; American Institute of Biological Sciences; American Association for the Advancement of Science; and the Organization of Tropical Nematologists.

Currently, Van Gundy, who joined UCR in 1957, is serving as chairman of the Planning Committee for the 100th Anniversary Celebration of UCR’s Agricultural Experiment Station.

Van Gundy’s appointment to the State Water Quality Control Board will now proceed to the state Senate for approval. Compensation for the position is $100 per diem.

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