A&M-Corpus Christi Announces Dr. David Yoskowitz as Senior Executive Director of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies

Contributed Content, Luisa Buttler, Nikki Buskey | Published: July 31, 2020

A&M-Corpus Christi Announces Dr. David Yoskowitz as Senior Executive Director of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is proud to announce that Dr. David Yoskowitz has accepted the position of Senior Executive Director of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies. The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) was developed through the visionary endowment and contributions from Mr. Ed Harte. His commitment to environmental preservation and conservation science continues to resonate throughout the Coastal Bend. Yoskowitz will become the third leader of this prestigious institution.

“Dr. Yoskowitz is uniquely poised to lead HRI as the institute continues to broaden its research and expertise to the benefit of all those who work, live, and play in and around the Gulf of Mexico,” Dr. Kelly M. Miller, University President and CEO, said. “His socio-economic perspective and proven record of moving practice into policy is of immeasurable value for the entire gulf ecosystem.”

Yoskowitz has been with A&M-Corpus Christi for 18 years, holding both faculty and administrative positions on campus. He currently serves as the Associate Director for Research, Policy, and Development in HRI and is the founding HRI Endowed Chair for Socio-Economics. Yoskowitz also held the position of Chief Economist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. His comprehensive knowledge in economics, paired with his understanding of Gulf health research are ideal for the next chapter of HRI. He brings an extensive record of service excellence to the Island University campus and its partners around the world.

“This is a challenging but exciting time to be taking on the leadership of HRI, the Gulf’s only dedicated Tri-National marine science and policy institute,” Yoskowitz said. “The work of our previous leadership and the vision of the original founding board has strongly resonated with me and inspired me for a large part of my career, and I am a strong believer in HRI's transdisciplinary approach.”

In his new role, Yoskowitz will oversee a team of 11 and will continue HRI’s leadership role at regional, national, and international levels. Additionally, he will actively support, participate in, and promote organizations (particularly within the Gulf of Mexico) that advance HRI’s mission and vision for the future of the Gulf.

“I’m excited to work with the University, Coastal Bend community, and our national and international partners to further amplify HRI’s impact and expand our reach into exciting new areas of research and policy work,” Yoskowitz said.

As Yoskowitz assumes this role, Dr. Larry McKinney will become the Chair of Gulf Strategies on August 31.

“David has been a big part of growing HRI into what it is today,” McKinney said. “I am confident he will do a great job in moving the institute forward, even in these uncertain times.”