October 2, 2014  

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Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Director Selected for Masters Class

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Dr. Eric Powell

Dr. Eric Powell, director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs has been selected to be part of this year’s 2014 Masters Program announced by the Gulf Coast Business Council Research Foundation.

The Masters Program, developed in 2007 to identify and develop emerging leaders of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, is a one year commitment which will cover a variety of topics and consists of eight sessions.

Powell came to GCRL from the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, located at the School of Environmental and Biological Science at Rutgers University where he was a professor. Previously serving as director of the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory from 1996 through 2010, Powell began his role at GCRL in September of 2012. A native of Millbach, Pennsylvania, Powell earned both his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of North Carolina in 1976 and 1978, respectively. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Washington.

 “My goal is to utilize academic science to foster job growth and economic development through the provision of science in the management of natural resources and the promulgation of regulations leading to resource sustainability while also sustaining and expanding businesses supported by these resources,” said Powell.

The Gulf Coast Business Council pinpoints top business leaders from both large and small organizations to come together over public policy issues important to the Gulf Coast, to serve and to assist in the development of future leaders.

“We are excited to announce the 2014 Masters Program participants. We have an impressive group and we thank them for dedicating their time and expertise over the next year to help elevate the Gulf Coast,” said Jack Norris, President of the Gulf Coast Business Council.

To find out more about the Gulf Coast Business Council go to www.msgcbc.org.