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Boll Named as Director of the Environmental Science, Water Resources, and Professional Science Masters

Jan Boll

Jan Boll has been named director of the Environmental Science, Water Resources, and Professional Science Masters programs at the University of Idaho. His appointment follows an internal search conducted over the summer. He started in the new position on Sept. 4, 2011.

“We are pleased to make this appointment from within our university community,” says Provost Doug Baker. “We are fortunate to have Dr. Boll on our staff and utilize his talents in a new leadership position.”

Boll joined the University in 1996 in the biological and agricultural engineering department, where his research and teaching focus has been hydrology and water quality.

Prior to his appointment, Boll served as the director of the Waters of the West program, which leads the way in interdisciplinary water resources research and established the University's water resources graduate program.

“Our University has tremendous strengths in the areas of water and the environment,” says Boll. “This appointment is exciting for me as it gives me the opportunity to get to know and work with a lot of students and faculty, and continue to help lead the University towards interdisciplinary efforts in education, research and outreach.”

In leadership and academic roles at the university level, Boll has received several awards related to teaching, research and interdisciplinary activities – including the R.M. Wade Outstanding Teaching Award in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Outstanding Research Faculty in the College of Engineering, the Outstanding Faculty Award in Environmental Science, and Excellence in Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Efforts.

Additionally, Boll has a very active and productive career at University of Idaho. He is a recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award, in which he conceived the ideas leading up to the Waters of the West program.

“Boll has a proven track record for his work, and we are excited to see what he will accomplish in his new role at the University,” says Baker.

Boll has received national grant awards from the USDA in the Conservation Effectiveness Assessment Program by leading teams of interdisciplinary scientists from across the country. He has built international connections in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Indonesia and the Netherlands and has a great publishing record in leading journals in his field.

Boll earned his doctorate in agricultural and biological engineering from Cornell University, master of science and bachelor of science degrees in land use planning at the Agricultural University of Wageningen, the Netherlands, and a master of science degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Idaho.