Bob Sproull, currently chair of the trustees of the Connecticut River Conservancy, is a computer scientist with academic and industrial experience. Before retiring in 2011, he served as vice president and lab director of Sun Microsystems, then bought by Oracle. He previously was on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University, and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Sproull is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, where he has served as chair of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board. He served on the board of directors of the Charles River Watershed Association for 15 years and helped them launch a capital campaign. He lives in Leeds, MA, is the coordinator of the Friends of Mineral Hills Conservation Area, and is a member of the Yankee Rowing Club. He rows on the Connecticut as often as possible and enters an occasional race.