By Ann AllenUniversity of GeorgiaMark Risse has been named Georgia Power Company Professor of Water Resources Policy at the University of Georgia, according to Steve Wrigley, director of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, where the position is based.“Dr. Risse’s expertise in water resource management and agriculture pollution prevention will enhance the institute’s commitment to providing leaders with science-based research and policy analysis critical to the state’s water future,” Wrigley said.As Georgia Power Professor, Risse will work with the institute’s Environmental Policy Program, which has a strong record of providing research support and technical assistance to those charged with managing Georgia’s water resources at both the state and local levels. He also may be involved in environmental management training conducted by the institute, identifying water experts, and serving as liaison between the institute and the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, where he is a faculty member.“I am pleased that Dr. Risse has been appointed the most recent Georgia Power Professor,” said Scott Angle, CAES dean and director. “Without good water management, urban and rural society, as well as business, could be negatively impacted.”The professorship was established to enable the university to focus its wide-ranging water-related expertise on the specific water challenges confronting the state. The inaugural position was held by James Kundell, director of the institute’s Environmental Policy Program prior to his retirement in 2007.