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James F. Merritt Million Dollar Clubs

In his 34-year tenure at UNCW, the Million Dollar Club namesake, Dr. James F. Merritt, procured over $14,000,000 in grant and contracts. Dr. Merritt is Director Emeritus of the Center for Marine Science and coordinates the Lower Cape Fear River Research and Education Program. Dr. Dan Baden, Executive Principle MARBIONC, calls Merritt a "grand collaborator, seeing ways in which people can work together to gain leverage on difficult marine science issues."Dr. Robert Roer, former Dean of UNCW's Graduate School says about Merritt, "he has dedicated over thirty years at UNCW to conducting and facilitating research in the coastal environment." 

Merritt started at UNCW in 1973 as an assistant professor of biology and marine biology, serving as chair of the Biology and Marine Biology Department from 1978 to 1988 and Director of CMS from 1986 to 1999. The UNCW million dollar club honors Dr. James F. Merritt and the researchers that are following in his footsteps.