John W. Farrington is currently Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and also Scientist Emeritus at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Most recently, he served as Interim Dean and Professor, School for Marine Science and Technology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth August 1, 2009 to July 15, 2011. He has served as Associate Director for Education and Dean of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 1990-March 10, 2002, and as Vice President for Academic Programs and Dean 2002-2005. John’s career as a marine biogeochemist includes a postdoctoral appointment, then Scientific Staff appointments with successive promotions and tenure, and Senior Scientist appointments at WHOI from July 1971 to February 2006 when he retired from WHOI. Between February 1988 and August 1990 he held an appointment as Michael P. Walsh Chair and Director of the Environmental Sciences Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He also served July 1, 2008- June 30, 2010 as President of the Ocean Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union. His scholarly interests include marine organic geochemistry, biogeochemistry of organic pollutants, biochemistry of marine organisms, environmental quality issues, science education, and science-policy and science-religion interactions. He has been active in oil pollution research for forty years. John has participated in eighteen oceanographic cruises, eight as Chief Scientist., DSRV Alvin Dive 658, July 1976, and numerous one-day coastal research cruises. He has published one hundred and nineteen publications in refereed scientific journals, books and reports, and thirty-eight publications related to education, policy, public information, or science- policy interactions, and twelve technical reports. He has been a member of advisor committees for several international, national, state and local agencies and organizations. He has testified several times before the United States Congress on matters pertaining to oceanic and coastal environmental quality issues. Among the honors he has received are the Samuel P. Stone Alumni Award for Science from the College of Arts and Sciences, UMass Dartmouth, The Bostwick H. Ketchum Award of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, The David Stone Award of the New England Aquarium, National Associate (life appointment) of the National Academies, Fellow of the AAAS, Doctor Honoris Causa the University of Concepcion, Concepcion, Chile, and the Chancellor’s Medal from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.