William J. Merrell

MerrellBill Merrell is the George P. Mitchell ’40 chair in marine sciences and president of Merrell Historic Properties, Inc. 

He has served as president of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment, vice chancellor for Strategic Programs of The Texas A&M University System, vice president for Research Policy of Texas A&M University, president of Texas A&M University at Galveston, and assistant director of the National Science Foundation.

Merrell received the Distinguished Member Award for Research Achievement from the Texas A&M University Chapter of Sigma XI, the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Geosciences and Earth Resources Council. He is the only person to receive the Distinguished Service Award of the National Science Foundation twice, a group award in his role as the first principal investigator of the Ocean Drilling Program and an individual award for “his lasting impact on the course of American science.”  Merrell has served on the Ocean Studies Board (chair), Space Studies Board and the Board on Sustainability of the National Research Council. He holds a BS in physics and a MA in mathematics from Sam Houston State University and a PhD in oceanography from Texas A&M University.