Rayder oversees University of Alabama water research institute
Scott Rayder ’92 MPA is
the new executive director of the Alabama Water Institute (AWI), based at the
University of Alabama. He assumed that role on August 1.
integrated research and education on complex issues of water quantity, quality,
and security, globally and locally. As its executive director, Rayder will facilitate
collaboration with the National Water Center, a National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration center located on the University of Alabama campus.
Rayder was previously
senior advisor to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and to
the president and vice president of the UCAR Foundation. He has extensive
experience building relationships and opportunities with the private and public
sector, including longstanding relationships with federal funding agencies. His
extensive career includes more than six years as chief of staff of the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (2001-08). In 2016, he served on the presidential
transition team for the U.S. Department of Commerce, which oversees NOAA.
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