Leading Lake Erie researcher, teacher and advocate Dr. Jeffrey Reutter stepped down from his post as director of Ohio Sea Grant this week after 42 years of service. At a retirement ceremony held at the Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory, a Lake Erie island campus research center for Ohio State University, Dr. Reutter was celebrated by friends, family and colleagues. “I feel like I’ve had the best job at the university for about 40 years,” said Dr. Reutter, “but this is good timing for my retirement.”
Since joining Ohio Sea Grant in 1972, Dr. Reutter has been responsible for increasing the emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in youth education, bringing the NOAA Sea Grant Program to Ohio State, and facilitating communication and partnerships between policymakers, the business community, international collaborators, and lovers of the outdoors. Dr. Reutter was driven by a desire to educate people on the importance of Lake Erie to Ohio’s economy, communities, and public health. “We have done so much to create and to enhance understanding and awareness of how important Lake Erie is within the people who are making decisions about it,” reflected Dr. Reutter at the ceremony. He will be replaced as director of Ohio Sea Grant by the current associate director, Dr. Christopher Winslow.