The purpose of the Board of Directors is to advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the governance and general promotion of AASHE so as to support the organization’s mission and needs. The Board consists of faculty, staff or administrators and business leaders representing AASHE members.
AASHE is committed to ensuring the diversity of its board, staff, volunteers and programming. The organization will achieve this goal through purposeful thought, values, policies, and practices. We define individual diversity in terms of race, gender, religion, culture, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical abilities, age, parental status and socio-economics. We define institutional and professional diversity by organization type, size, location and mission.
We respect different experiences and cultures across this diversity and will work to create a culture in which diverse people feel supported, recognized and rewarded in making their best contributions to the mission of our organization.
Current Board Members
- Charles Richardson, Chair
Dean, School of Business, Claflin University
Term ends: December 2016
Charles W. Richardson, Jr. currently serves as Dean of the School of Business and Associate Professor of Marketing, at Claflin University. He previously served as Assistant and Associate Professor in the Marketing Department at Clark Atlanta University, where his teaching duties included courses in Consumer Behavior, Marketing Strategy, Multicultural Marketing and Sustainability Marketing. He holds a doctorate in Marketing and International Business from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. His previous education includes a M.B.A. in Marketing (New York University, Stern School of Business), a M. S. in Operations Research & Statistics (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), a B. S. in Mathematics (Pratt Institute), and Masters Certificates in Finance (Wharton School of Business) and Project Management (Stevens Institute of Technology).
Dr. Richardson’s research interests include Consumer Social Identity, Cross Cultural Consumer Purchasing Behavior, Green Business Models, Ecopreneurship, Corporate Social Responsibility, Cause Related Marketing and Marketing’s Role in Sustainability. His research has been presented at an extensive array of conferences, and published in numerous journals in the Marketing and International Business disciplines.
Prior to coming to academia, Dr. Richardson spent significant time working in the corporate sector, primarily with AT&T. His experience includes ten years of effort in the international business arena, providing extensive knowledge and experience in international strategy, global alliances and ventures, mergers and acquisitions; and transition planning and change management. In addition, he has spent considerable time working in the areas of process evaluation, program assessment and quality assurance and improvement, for corporations, non-profits and academic institutions. Dr Richardson is also active in executive education, having taught and facilitated classes and workshops in Marketing, Organizational Theory and Design, Emerging Markets, Business Processes, Survey Design, Data Mining, Leadership Development, Diversity Management and Project Management, just to name a few. In 2014 and 2015, he served as Lead Instructor in Clark Atlanta University’s Institute for the Washington Mandela Young African Leaders Initiative.
Dr. Richardson is a lifetime member of the National Black MBA Association, a past president of the Ph.D. Project’s Marketing Doctoral Students Association and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Omicron Delta Epsilon Honor Societies. He holds certifications in Integrated Planning in Higher Education, Quality Assurance and Practice of MBTI Step I and Step II Instruments. In 2012 and 2013, he received the “Faculty of the Year” Award for the CAU School of Business. He spent the 2013/2014 academic year as an ACE (American Council on Education) Fellow, assigned to New Jersey City University and its President, Dr. Sue Henderson. His community involvement includes serving as the board chair of The Floral Project and the Greening Youth Foundation, on the board of directors of the Association of Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and on the advisory board of Planet Forward.
- Richard A. Miller, Vice Chair
Director for the Office of Environmental Policy, University of Connecticut
Term ends: December 2017
Rich was hired as UConn’s first environmental officer in 2002. He established and oversees the University’s Sustainability Office and Environmental Compliance Office. UConn is a major public research, land and sea grant university, with an enrollment of nearly 30,000 students and its main campus located in Storrs, CT. The University has been a consistent leader in campus sustainability and is one of only two schools to have been ranked by the Sierra Club among the Top Ten greenest colleges and universities in the U.S. for four consecutive years – coinciding with the use of STARS as the uniform performance standards.
Rich has the perspective of one who has been on a senior administrative team for a large University, reporting directly to an Executive Vice President, and before that, to the Provost/Chancellor. At the same time, as with many sustainability professionals in higher education, that perspective has been tempered by his supervision of student staff, and his ongoing role as founding advisor to the EcoHusky student group. Thus, his experience at UConn extends from grassroots collaboration with students, faculty and staff, to carefully-orchestrated board room consensus building.
Prior to joining UConn, Rich held positions as a corporate environmental manager for a Fortune 500 energy company, practicing environmental and land use attorney, faculty adjunct in environmental law and management, and an energy and environmental program director, and assistant general counsel, for a statewide business association.
In addition to his membership, since December 2014, on AASHE’s Board of Directors, Rich also serves, or has served, on a number of commissions and advisory boards, often in a leadership role. These include the: External Advisory Board to Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, executive steering committees of professional organizations, like NECSC and C2E2, and state and local commissions, like the CT CEQ and his hometown Conservation & Inland Wetlands Commission, which he chaired for nine years.
Rich received his B.A. from Penn State University and J.D. from Stetson University College of Law.
- Jay Antle, Ph.D., Secretary
Executive Director for the Center for Sustainability and Professor, Johnson County Community College
Term ends: December 2018
Dr. Jay Antle was born in Texas where he lived for the first 21 years of his life. While at Lee College, he took a field course in Yellowstone National Park that led him to become deeply interested in environmental issues. He completed his undergraduate education in history and then moved on to Arizona State University for his Master’s degree and then to the University of Kansas in 1992 for his Ph.D. in American Environmental History. While in graduate school, he participated in an exchange program with Johnson County Community College that ultimately led him to secure a professorship there in 2000 that he still holds. His responsibilities at JCCC have grown to include heading up the college’s Sustainability program as the Executive Director of the college’s Sustainability Center. He currently lives in Lawrence and is an avid hiker and storm chaser. He is also a runner with over 35 half-marathons and four marathons to his credit.
- KyuJung Whang, Treasurer
Vice President Facilities, Princeton University
Term ends: December 2019
As Vice President, KyuJung Whang Whang oversees planning, architecture, development, operation and maintenance of the Princeton campus, as well as real estate services, utilities and sustainability.
Prior to joining Princeton University, Mr. Whang led Cornell’s Division of Infrastructure, Properties and Planning, which encompasses Engineering and Projects Administration; Office of the University Architect and Campus Planning; Facilities Management; Energy and Sustainability; Transportation and Mail Services; Contract Colleges Facilities; Cornell Real Estate; and Finance and Information Technologies. Whang was a member of the President’s cabinet and also serves as the senior staff contact and support for the Buildings and Properties Committee of the Cornell Board of Trustees.
Whang has been a licensed architect and professional planner since graduating from Syracuse University in 1981 with a Bachelors of Architecture degree. He has extensive backgrounds in capital project management, facilities management, and campus planning in both the private and public sectors. He previously served as the Vice President for Facilities and Capital Planning at Rutgers University.
Whang currently serves on the New York State Board of Architecture and has completed two terms as its president. Additional professional involvements include serving as a visiting team member on behalf of the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB), and serving in various capacities for the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). While at Rutgers, he was a founding member of the New Jersey Higher Educational Partnership in Sustainability, an organization promoting environmentally focused design standards for New Jersey higher education institutions.
- Ben Champion, DPhil.
Director for the Office of Sustainability, University of Arizona
Term ends: December 2018
As Director of the University of Arizona’s Office of Sustainability, Ben is committed to student engagement through sustainability initiatives and to advancing the UA’s performance as a leader in higher education sustainability. The Office of Sustainability facilitates the UA’s efforts to support a vibrant and sustainable desert southwest by bridging relationships across campus and partnering with southern Arizona community organizations. Prior to joining the UA in July 2014, Ben was Director of Sustainability at Kansas State University from 2008-2014. He also earned his doctorate in geography in 2007 from the University of Oxford and received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and environmental science from Kansas State University in 2002. As a student at KSU Ben was awarded a Udall Scholarship for environmental leadership and a Rhodes Scholarship. In his off-time, Ben is a foodie and an avid bicyclist.
- Monica Dean
Administrative Director, Smith College
Term ends: December 2019
As the Administrative Director of the Jill Ker Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center at Smith College, Ms. Dean is responsible for the strategic direction and planning of all programming. She has over 26 years of professional experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Previously, as the Administrative Director of the Lawrence N. Field Programs and Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College, City University of New York. During her tenure, the Field Programs were ranked as a top program for nine years by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine and received several awards from the Global Consortium for Entrepreneurship Centers and the International Council for Small Business. Monica was also an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Management where she co-taught and co-created three courses – Women and Entrepreneurship, Gender Differences Among Entrepreneurial Leaders and Business Meets 3D Digital Design & Fabrication. Prior to Baruch, Monica’s experience includes six years as a senior vice president at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, a national not-for-profit research and advisory organization founded by Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter, and six years as an associate with the consultancy firm Booz, Allen & Hamilton. Monica holds an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and a BS in civil engineering from Howard University. She has number of publications and workshops to her credit, served as a panelist at several major business conferences, and spoken on urban business and entrepreneurial issues before various academic, government and business groups worldwide.
- Ann Erhardt
Energy Programs Director and Director of Sustainability, Michigan State University
Term ends: December 2019
Ann is a highly-analytical, organized, effective and detail-oriented professional with 10+ years of experience in the sustainability field. Ann received her sustainable business/environmental science degree and masters of management and organizational leadership from Aquinas College. She also achieved an advanced study certificate in design and innovation from Ferris State University. Ann’s expertise and knowledge as energy programs director (WMEAC) and director of sustainability at Michigan State University and her contagious passion for sustainability make her an invaluable resource and natural leader.
Ann has built collaborative relationships with key leaders in administrative and academic divisions as well as external organizations; developed and implemented communications, outreach, and marketing strategies resulting in widespread campus participation in energy conservation and waste reduction initiatives; represented MSU Sustainability to campus and regional community. She effectively engages and brings together diverse stakeholders to implement sustainability best practices and cross disciplinary programs.
Ann is fluent in sustainability best practices and relevant environmental science. Her specialties include change management, strategic planning, student leadership development, and building-level efficiency assessment and retrofit planning. She has exceptional analytical problem-solving abilities and demonstrated abilities to build motivated teams and collaborate with diverse partners.
- Sally Grans Korsh
Director of Facilities Management and Environmental Policy, National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)
Term ends: December 2017
Sally Grans Korsh is accountable for issues that relate to the campus built environment. She staffs NACUBO’s Sustainability Advisory Panel; ten amazing vice presidents of finance representing all regions and types of campuses. Her goal is to overlay sustainability success to all campuses via the business office. Prior to this national position she was System Director of Planning for Minnesota State Colleges & Universities responsible for capital planning at 54 two and four year campuses. Before that she was a project manager at the state architect’s office and prior to that she founded a small business in private architectural practice working on affordable housing and community based issues. She is a fellow in the American Institute of Architects and LEED AP certified. She has both an environmental design and professional architectural degrees from the Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota.
- Trina Innes, MF, MBA, ICD.D
Chief Sustainability Officer, University of Alberta
Term ends: December 2019
UAlberta’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, Trina Innes works to facilitate collaboration between academic, research and operational units at one of Canada’s largest research-intensive universities . She has over 20 years of professional experience in strategic leadership, environmental management and public engagement with industry, government, academic and non-government organizations. Previously, Ms. Innes served as the senior manager for environmental education and outreach with the Government of Alberta and as a knowledge management extension specialist with a start-up non-for-profit organization. She started her career as a professional forester with the British Columbia Forest Service. Ms. Innes has instructed courses in corporate social responsibility and environmental stewardship with the University of Alberta and Mount Royal University. In addition to her active involvement in AASHE, Ms. Innes is a member of the Canadian Alliance of College & University Sustainability Professionals, City of Edmonton’s Environmental Advisory Committee, the Alberta Emerald Foundation and the Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference Committee. Her past board experience includes: Goodwill Industries of Alberta, Inside Education, and the Alberta Capital Airshed. Ms. Innes has been recognized with an Emerald Award, Goodwill Ambassador of the Year, and Premier’s Award. She is also a registered member of the Institute of Corporate Directors in Canada. Ms. Innes holds an MBA (Athabasca University), Masters in Forestry (University of New Brunswick), a Bachelor of Science (Western University) and a certificate in corporate social responsibility (University of Toronto).
- Benjamin Jarrett
North American Sustainability Leaders, Kimberly-Clark Professional*
Term ends: December 2019
Ben Jarrett is the North American Sustainability Leader at Kimberly-Clark Professional*, where he leads business development and innovation centered on Sustainability. Specifically, he focuses on dynamic supply chain improvement, post-consumer waste strategy and green energy projects. Prior to his current role, he developed the Sustainability Strategy for Kimberly-Clark Professional’s North American Industrial Business.
Ben holds a BA in Classical and Medieval Studies from Bates College and received his MBA from Goizueta Business School. He lives in Atlanta with his fiancé Katie and their spoiled West Highland Terrier, Kanye Westie.
- Jon Jensen
Director of Environmental Studies and Associate Professor, Luther College
Term ends: December 2017
Jon Jensen directs the Center for Sustainable Communities and teaches Environmental Studies at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He is the co-author of Questions That Matter: An Invitation to Philosophy as well as numerous essays in environmental philosophy and sustainability. He has been active in all aspects of campus sustainability at Luther for over ten years as well as working with the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS). He is active in work to promote education for sustainability through regional consortia and leads faculty development workshops on integrating sustainability in the curriculum.
- Cynthia Klein-Banai, Ph.D.
Associate Chancellor for Sustainability, University of Illinois at Chicago
Term ends: December 2019
Cynthia Klein-Banai has a Ph.D. in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS) from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Her dissertation was on quantitative measures of sustainability in institutions of higher education, including greenhouse gas inventories and ecological footprint analysis. She also holds an adjunct assistant professor appointment within the School of Public Health. She received her MS in Environmental Science from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and BA in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Klein-Banai has been serving as the Associate Chancellor for Sustainability at UIC since January 2008. She founded the Office of Sustainability where her team promotes sustainability as part of our campus culture and enhances UIC’s mission of student success, improving public health, and serving the communities of Chicago. Recently, she guided the Chancellor’s Committee on Sustainability and Energy to develop the UIC Climate Commitments of Carbon Neutral Campus, Zero Waste Campus, Net Zero Water Campus, and Biodiverse Campus. The Office focuses on environmental sustainability with a goal of providing economic and social benefit to the campus community. The Office provides applied learning and research opportunities for students through internships, volunteer opportunities, and special projects. In addition to the Sustainability Internship course, she will be teaching a new graduate level course at UIC called “Principles of Sustainability” in Spring 2017.
Her proudest accomplishments with the office include launching a Sustainability Internship Program that has provided on-the-job training in sustainability, along with a weekly educational seminar for over 105 students since its inception in 2014. She led the Sustainability Strategic Thinking process for the campus that resulted broad campus engagement and a report “To Green and Beyond: Excellence through Sustainability at UIC” with recommendations for integrating sustainability into UIC’s core function of teaching, research, and practice.
Under Dr. Klein-Banai’s leadership UIC received the 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2016 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award, the 2011 Illinois Recycling Association Award for Outstanding College and University Recycling Program, the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA recognition, Bike-Friendly University recognition, and the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System Silver Level rating in 2014.
Dr. Klein-Banai is also a 2011 graduate of the Leadership Illinois program. She is active within her home community of Oak Park-River Forest, through the Green Congregations group that engages in advancing the PlanIt Green sustainability plan within the faith-based community, serves on her synagogue board of directors, and the board of “In the Gardens”. In her free time she practices yoga, gardens and keeps hens.
- Kim D. Smith, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology Instructor, Portland Community College – Sylvania
Term ends: December 2017
Dr. Kim Smith received her Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University in 2000, specializing in environmental sociology and social movements. She has taught sociology at Portland Community College (PCC) since 1996 and is the Coordinator of the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN), acknowledged as a Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development by United Nations University. She has served as PCC’s Service-Learning Coordinator, Teaching Learning Center Co-Director, and Training Coordinator for PCC’s Summer Sustainability Institute and works closely with many non-profits, including the Northwest Earth Institute and Hands on Greater Portland, where she served on the board for six years. She represented the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) at the United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit, in 2012, and currently serves on AASHE’s Board of Directors. She also serves as an International Fellow with the U.S. Partnership for ESD and led the U.S. delegation to the UNESCO World Conference on ESD. She is committed to offering hope for a sustainable future through education and civic engagement.