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Photo of Bob VolkBob Volk is New Director of KWRRI

Bob Volk, the new director of the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute, is pleased about his recent move from Nebraska to Kentucky. "My wife Shari and I are thoroughly enjoying Lexington. I have never seen so many flowering trees in my life," says Volk, who worked for the past eight years as director of the University of Nebraska Water Center, Environmental Program before taking his new job at UK. "We see Lexington as a big city with smaller town advantages."

Volk, who started his position here last March, is also a professor of agronomy with the UK College of Agriculture. In this position, he admits that he's following in his father's footsteps. "Dad was a professor of soils at Auburn; then we moved to Columbus, Ohio, where he became chairman of the agronomy department," Volk says, adding that he considers Columbus to be his home.

Volk, who also served as president of the National Institutes of Water Resources while at the University of Nebraska, had the opportunity to take a close look at the functions and activitites of water institutes across the country. He examined the potential for water resources-related research and education at several institutes and viewed UK as having an outstanding potential for building on the success of KWRRI.

"Next to its people, I view water as Kentucky's most important resource," Volk says. "Wise use and preservation of clean water is something important to all of us and I look forward to making a contribution to that end."