The Marine Biological Laboratory has appointed Huntington Willard as its next president and director. Willard is currently the Arts & Sciences professor of biology and genome sciences at Duke University and will take on his role at MBL on Jan. 1, 2015. He was the founding director of the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy. Before that, he chaired the genetics department at Case Western Reserve University. Robert Zimmer is the current president of MBL and chairman of its board of trustees.