Leadership Changes at Delta Waterfowl

January 31, 2013 in Conservation, News

Dr. Frank Rohwer and  Nick Pinizzotto.

Dr. Frank Rohwer and Nick Pinizzotto.

Delta Waterfowl is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Frank Rohwer as president and Nick Pinizzotto as chief executive officer. The changes are effective immediately.

Rohwer took on the role of interim president last October. His confirmation as president is the latest step in a long association with Delta.

Rohwer started working at Delta as a student assistant in 1976, and continued as a funded Delta graduate student for both his master’s degree and doctorate work. After a short hiatus in the late 1980s, Rohwer returned to Delta as the scientific director in 1991. He has held that position for most of the years since then, while simultaneously serving on the faculty at Louisiana State University.

“These are exciting times,” Rohwer said. “I’m confident Delta will become even more effective as a science-based advocacy organization. We are in this for the ducks, the hunters, the habitat and the waterfowl heritage that we love.”

Pinizzotto, who joined Delta last year as chief operating officer, takes on an expanded role as chief executive officer.

Pinizzotto is an avid outdoorsman and committed conservationist who spent the past 15 years developing and managing several highly successful conservation programs.

Prior to joining Delta, he was associate vice president of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy overseeing the organization’s award-winning watershed and conservation services initiatives.

“This is really the start of a new day for Delta,” says Pinizzotto. “It’s the key to the re-assumption of growth and increased mission success for this venerable organization. Frank and I are committed to moving Delta forward with the help of staff and our fabulous volunteers and supporters.”

Charlie Hager, newly appointed chair of Delta’s board of directors, says the new leadership structure will better position the foundation for future growth.

“Nick’s business, process and accountability skills, and his range of experiences honed in leadership roles at other organizations will bring a fresh and objective set of views that will be vital to Delta’s success,” says Hager. “Frank’s role is to be the outward facing projection of Delta. He will provide vision forward while simultaneously reflecting Delta’s long history as a research organization that will always be grounded by our commitment to science.”

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