CSU Hires New Director of Oxbow Meadows

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Mike Dentzau, former director of the Sea-to-See Program in the Department of Biological Science at Florida State University, has been selected as the new director of Columbus State University’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center.

Dentzau (pronounced DENT-zow) starts Monday at the center, which is an environmental education outreach center of Columbus State University, in partnership with Columbus Water Works.

“The opportunities presented at Oxbow are limitless,” Dentzau said. “I am looking forward to working with the university, the staff, Columbus Water Works and partners associated with Oxbow in bringing news and exciting programs to the facility.”

As director of the Sea-to-See Program Dentzau developed and implemented programs that introduce students grades K-6 with marine species with touch tanks transported to schools with lessons aligned with grade specific science benchmarks.

“We were very fortunate to have Dr. Dentzau accept the position at Oxbow,” said Barbara Buckner, dean of Columbus State’s College of Education and Health Professions, which oversees Oxbow. “His background in marine biology and science education is exactly the mix that we were looking for. His research in bridging informal education practice as a component of science proficiency will bring a component to Oxbow we have not had before. I am extremely excited in having him as our next director.”

Dentzau earned his bachelor’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, his masters from Texas A&M University, and his doctorate from Florida State University.

He has been at FSU since 2010. Prior to that Dentzau was president of an environmental services company where he was responsible for all aspects of company development and project management. Among those responsibilities were wetland and upland evaluations, environment site assessments, endangered species reviews, habitat enhancement and restoration, and regulatory guidance. Dentzau’s background in environmental services dates back to 1993 when he worked as an environmental manager/specialist with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.