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Kristen Averyt to head Desert Research Institute

Kristen Averyt to head Desert Research Institute

CIRES associate director of science will be Nevada institute's first female president


Kristen Averyt, CIRES associate director for science, will serve as the next president of Nevada's Desert Research Institute, effective July 1. Approved today by the Nevada System of Higher Education's Board of Regents, Averyt will be DRI's first female president. 

"Dr. Averyt will bring a great depth of scientific, academic, and administrative experience to the Desert Research Institute," said Rick Trachok, chairman of the Board of Regents. "After conducting a national search, I believe we have found an outstanding leader who will continue to build upon the remarkable success of this institution.”

CIRES Director Waleed Abdalati congratulated Averyt and DRI: “Kristen has been a highly valued member of the CIRES leadership team, and while we will miss her very much, we are delighted for both her and DRI.”

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