Dean, School of Marine Science and Director, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, The College of William & Mary
As Dean and Director, Dr. John Wells has administrative responsibilities at VIMS to provide the vision, strategic planning, and overall leadership for the Institute to be a center of excellence in marine research, education, and advisory service. VIMS has approximately 450 faculty, staff, and students; and with an annual operating budget of $40 million is currently among the largest marine research and education centers in the United States.
Earlier in his career Wells was actively involved in research in the field of coastal marine geology. Specific topics of research included studies of shorelines, particularly along beaches, in estuaries, and within large marine deltas. His research focused on the beaches and estuaries of North Carolina; the deltas of the Mississippi, Atchafalaya and Amazon Rivers; the tidal flats off the west coast of Korea; and in Lake Malawi in east Africa.
Wells has been the Editor-in-Chief of Marine Geology since 2000 and served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Coastal Research from 1990-2010. In 1998, he was the recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award at UNC-Chapel Hill for post-baccalaureate instruction. He currently serves as a member of the Strategic Science Peer Review Panel for restoration of Puget Sound and served as a member of the Louisiana Coastal Area Science Board from 2005-2011.
Wells and his wife, Patsy, reside in Williamsburg and have two children, Loretta and Gaelen, and two grandchildren.