Maurice P. Lynch, Ph.D., Vice-Chair

Maurice P. LynchDr. Lynch, a member of the Commission since August 24, 2009, is professor emeritus of the College of William and Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Upon earning his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, he attended Navy Officer Candidate School and was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy Reserve and remained on active duty with the Underwater Demolition Team until July 1962. After filling numerous reserve billets, he retired in 1988 with the rank of Captain USNR. Dr. Lynch earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from the College of William and Mary, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1972. He has been a liaison to numerous universities as well as state and federal agencies. He has served as the Virginia Sea Grant director, director of the Chesapeake Bay Research Consortium and director of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia. He has been an officer of several professional organizations, including the Virginia Academy of Science, the Coastal Society and the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association. Dr. Lynch also has served two terms on the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (“CBF”) board of trustees and been a leader of CBF’s York chapter. He served on the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission from 1997 to 2015 and has served as its chair. Dr. Lynch resides in Williamsburg.

First Term: 06/08/09 – 06/07/13 (filled an unexpired term)
Second Term: 06/08/13 – 06/07/17
Third Term: 06/08/17 – 06/07/21

Commission Vice-Chair: 2016 to present
Finance Committee Member: 2017 to present
Operations and Nominations Committee Member: 2011

Serving the Cities of Poquoson and Williamsburg; the Counties of Gloucester, James City, King and Queen, King William, Mathews, Middlesex, and York; and the Town of Urbanna

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