Campus Director Dr. Reid Brewer retires from Kenai Peninsula College’s Kachemak Bay Campus

December 15, 2023

Kenai Peninsula College's Kachemak Bay Campus is undergoing a leadership transition as Dr. Reid Brewer, the current campus director, has announced his resignation, effective January 16, 2024. Dr. Brewer will be taking on a new role as the Kasitsna Bay Lab Director and Supervisory Environmental Scientist for the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

In the interim, Dr. Paula Martin assumed the position of interim campus director starting December 10. Dr. Martin brings extensive experience, having previously served in the same capacity before Dr. Brewer's tenure, along with various roles within the University of Alaska.

Dr. Brewer, a member of the University of Alaska community for over 20 years, has contributed as both a faculty member and an administrator across all three UA institutions. His decision to resign is motivated by a unique opportunity to serve as the Kasitsna Bay Lab Director, aligning with his expertise in marine biology, administration, and education outreach and research.

As the new Kasitsna Bay Lab Director, Dr. Brewer will represent the lab for NOAA, focusing on research related to coastal impacts of climate change, ocean acidification, harmful algal blooms, and oil spills. His responsibilities will include collaborating with local stakeholders, fisheries managers, sports fishermen, recreational users, and partnering with organizations in the Kachemak Bay area.

A new permanent campus director should be in place by the summer of 2024. 

Dr. Brewer expressed gratitude for his time working with the university and emphasized his commitment to remaining in Homer, continuing to collaborate with the community, and maintaining connections with his colleagues.