David F. Hales is the President and CEO of Second Nature, the Boston-based advocacy organization committed to promoting sustainability through higher education.
Prior to assuming this post, Hales was the fifth president of College of the Atlantic.
leadership, College of the Atlantic
received recognition for innovative academic excellence, and became the first institution of higher education in the United States to be a "NetZero" emitter of greenhouse gases.
President Hales has held numerous positions promoting sustainability nationally and internationally.
He directed environmental policy and sustainability programs of the United States Agency for International Development throughout the Clinton administration, served in the Carter administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the United States Department of the Interior, and was Director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
For seven years, Hales
held the Samuel Trask Dana Chair of Natural Resources at the University of Michigan
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Hales holds a master's degree in political science from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor's degree in political science from Hardin-Simmons University.
wife Barbara McLeod share a home on Mount Desert Island with their son, Daniel.
has three grown children, Joshua, Nathaniel and Lisa Davis, and four grandchildren, Taylor and Parker Davis, and Audrey and Griffin Hales.