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The Dean

Roger Gilman

Jack Herring

Jack Herring started his new role as Dean of Fairhaven College on August 1.


He comes to Western from Prescott College in Arizona, where he served as Dean of the Campus Undergraduate Program for five years, and another ten prior to that teaching integrated courses in environmental science and policy. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Atmospheric Science, with a BS in Chemistry from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.


In addition to his interest and experience in environmental science, Jack has worked as a Legislative Assistant on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., with two state environmental agencies and as founder and Board Chair of an Arizona non-profit that engages community members in becoming stewards of their public lands. He has taught field-based and seminar-style courses, with a particular emphasis on giving students access to the best set of tools to become effective advocates for positive environmental change. The issue of global climate change and the policy choices related to energy use are in the bulls-eye of Jack’s teaching expertise.


He also has a strong interest and background in the geography, politics and environment of Alaska, where he has taught field courses in environmental science, policy and expeditionary backcountry travel for 20 years. Jack chose to come to Fairhaven for the opportunity to promote innovative, integrative education within the context of a comprehensive, public, liberal-arts university. Jack and his family recently moved into a new- old home in Fairhaven/South Hill, where they are looking forward to reengaging with the land, water and snow-based recreational opportunities of the Pacific Northwest.







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