Brad Udall has been hired as director of the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and Environment, formerly the Natural Resources Law Center. Udall currently is the director of the CU-Boulder–NOAA Western Water Assessment and brings a very successful career in natural resources policy to the helm of the Getches-Wilkinson Center. He will start as director of the center on April 1.
The center’s new name honors David Getches, who died shortly after stepping down as dean last year, and Charles Wilkinson, who is a legendary scholar, teacher and leader in natural resources policy and American Indian law as well as Getches’ longtime collaborator.
“We conducted a nationwide search and we found the ideal candidate in our backyard,” said William Boyd, associate professor, who led the search committee effort. “Brad is the whole package — a natural leader, a pragmatic and creative thinker, and someone who is deeply committed to solving our most pressing natural resources, energy and environmental problems.”
Said Udall, “I am honored by the opportunity to work with such tremendous faculty members, an important legacy, and a center that bears the name of two giants in the field, David Getches and Charles Wilkinson.”
The center will host its annual Clyde Martz Conference on Aug. 15-16, focusing on the landmark California v. Arizona case and interstate water transfers. The center also will host its annual Schultz Lecture this fall and a new Martz Symposium in 2014. Finally, in collaboration with the Silicon Flatirons Center, the Getches-Wilkinson Center will host a conference on April 23 of this year comparing the prospects for dynamic markets in electric power, water and the wireless spectrum.