FCSM dean named Geological Society of America 2016 Fellow

By Megan Bradshaw on July 13, 2016

Praised as "an exemplary geoscientist," dean David Vanko was also recognized as a geologically good fellow!

David Vanko, Ph.D., dean of the Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics at Towson University, was named a 2016 Fellow by the Geological Society of America (GSA).

Vanko will be recognized at the presidential address and awards ceremony at GSA's annual meeting in Denver, Colorado on September 25. 

FCSM Dean David Vanko head shot
FCSM Dean David Vanko

Fellowship in the GSA is an honor bestowed on the best in the geoscience profession by election at the spring GSA Council Meeting. GSA members are nominated by current GSA Fellows in recognition of their distinguished contributions to geosciences.

Vanko was nominated by William J. Fritz, president of the College of Staten Island. Dr. Fritz is a former professor of geology who earned his Ph.D. in geology and earth science from the University of Montana.

"Dave is an exemplary geoscientist, not only as a researcher with a national and international reputation, but one who cares about geoscience education and students, as well as educating the community about basic principles of environmental science," Dr. Fritz wrote. "He brings vision, enthusiasm, and leadership to every aspect of his professional life."