Former Port of Houston Executive Director joins the faculty at Texas A&M University at Galveston

WaterworthColonel Len Waterworth joins Texas A&M University at Galveston as an executive professor in the Department of Maritime Administration starting in the summer of 2014.  Colonel Waterworth will also be appointed as a senior research associate in the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores. 

His duties will include working to coordinate Ike Dike hurricane surge protection research activities with Texas A&M Galveston faculty and research partners at Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands, the largest and oldest Dutch public technical university; the Institute for Regional Forecasting at the University of Houston and the Homeland Center of Excellence at Jackson State University in Mississippi, as well as public outreach efforts with businesses, municipalities and non-governmental organizations in the Houston/Galveston region.

After a long and successful career in the Army, Col. Waterworth has had a similarly successful career in top administration in both governmental and private sectors with the Army Corps of Engineers, Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation and most recently as executive director at the Port of Houston Authority.

“His expertise in corporate leadership in the transportation and maritime sectors is an ideal fit to support our efforts to expand relations with the maritime industry and develop our initiatives in maritime administration and transportation,” said RADM Robert Smith III, chief executive officer of Texas A&M University at Galveston.  “He joins us at a critical time in our evolution as we are presently developing collaborative maritime programs with universities abroad.  His expertise is ideal to support such initiatives,” said Smith.

“His potential contribution to promote new approaches in storm surge protection along the coastal spine of the Houston-Galveston region will be critical in the coming years,” said Dr. Patrick Louchouarn, vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer at Texas A&M Galveston.  “To that end, he will work with the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores and work directly on the development of the Ike Dike project.  His expertise will also allow him to develop courses in leadership management and port operations that we cannot presently offer,” said Louchouarn.