David Hales, Former President of the College of the Atlantic and one of the 12 Founding Signatories of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) became president of Second Nature (SN) this month (see attached).
I cannot tell you how delighted I am that the Second Nature
Board of Directors has selected David
as the next president and that he
has agreed to accept this responsibility.
He and I have had an outstanding and productive professional relationship for 3 decades that started back in the public policy arena when David led the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and I led the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
I am forever grateful for his mentorship as Chair of Second Nature Board of Directors for the last several years.
David and the Second Nature Board have asked me to continue to work with Second Nature in a different capacity after taking some time off this summer and fall to rest, reflect and write.
For now, I intend to focus on leadership development around sustainability for senior executives in higher education and in other sectors.
Thank you for all the support you have given Second Nature
and me as I pursued this passion for an education system that will help every current and future human have a decent quality of life, live in strong, secure and thriving communities and have fulfilling economic opportunity by keeping our life support system healthy enough to fulfill that goal.
It is no easy task and it gets harder every day.
I hope that you will give David
and Second Nature
the same kind of support you gave me.