SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) has named its next president. Dr. Quentin Wheeler will take the helm in 2014.
He currently serves as the director of the International Institute for Species Exploration and Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment at Arizona State University. "It is a great honor to welcome Dr. Wheeler to SUNY and to New York State, where his unique mix of experience and expertise is an ideal fit for the SUNY-ESF campus and Central New York community," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.
Wheeler served at Cornell University for 24 years, where he earned the rank of tenured full professor. He was chair of entomology and director of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium while at Cornell. Wheeler also previously served as the Keeper and Head of Entomology at The Natural History Museum in London from 2004-2006, and was director of the Division of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation from 2001-2004.
"I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to join the SUNY-ESF community and help lead this great institution into its second century," Wheeler said. "Environmental challenges of unprecedented kind, scale and complexity will characterize the 21st century, along with society's response to them. SUNY-ESF has established itself as a leading center of sustainability and environmental discovery and learning that is uniquely positioned to assure that we and future generations have as many options as possible available to us to successfully adapt to a rapidly changing world."
President Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr. will continue to serve as college president until Dr. Wheeler takes office.