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UNC: Salzberg to Direct Water Institute

An international leader in global water policy, peace and security, Dr. Aaron Salzberg, has been selected to be the Don and Jennifer Holzworth Distinguished Professor and director of The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Salzberg joins the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health as a long-established leader in water policy. As the Department of State’s first special coordinator of water and chief of the Water Division,he led the development of foreign policy on drinking water and sanitation, water resources management and transboundary water issues.

Dr. Salzberg also led the development of the first United States government-wide Global Water Strategy and worked routinely with international partners to establish global practices that promoted sustainable development and integrated management of water resources through the United Nations, the G7 and many other fora. During his tenure at the State Department, U.S. development assistance for drinking water and sanitation increased more than tenfold in countries of significant need, and more than 10 million people benefited from improved access to safe drinking water and sanitation during this period.

As director of The Water Institute at UNC, Dr. Salzberg aims to change the way the world works on water through scientific discovery, technical innovation and policy leadership. Estimates suggest that nearly two-thirds of the world’s population is expected to be living under water stressed conditions by 2025.

“I couldn’t be more excited to come on board as the new director,” Dr. Salzberg said. “UNC has a long history of producing world leaders in water, and I’m extremely honored to have the opportunity to contribute.”

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