DURHAM, N.C. – Deborah Gallagher, associate professor of the practice of resource and environmental policy, has been named the Nicholas School of the Environment’s first associate dean for professional programs.
“This appointment signals the importance of the professional programs within the school and the need for us to have more formal leadership over these programs,” said Toddi Steelman, Stanback Dean of the Nicholas School.
“In this new role, Deb will provide strategic leadership for the school’s Master of Environmental Management (MEM) and Master of Forestry (MF) programs and represent the perspective and interests of our professional students,” Steelman said. “She will also coordinate outreach and connectivity to other relevant degree programs at the school and other professional degree programs at the university.”
Gallagher currently serves as the school’s director of professional studies and chair of the Business & Environment concentration within the MEM program.
She is widely cited for her scholarship and research on public policies to promote environmentally sustainable business practices, and public/private partnerships for environmental policy implementation. Much of her recent work has focused on the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) as an international environmental governance mechanism to promote business sustainability and promote corporate engagement in climate policy. She is currently working with the UNGC to evaluate leadership behaviors that would advance its global Sustainable Development Goals.
Gallagher has edited two groundbreaking books on environmental leadership: “Innovations in Environmental Leadership” in 2018, and “Environmental Leadership: A Reference Handbook,” in 2012.
As the Nicholas School’s new associate dean for professional programs, she will work closely with Martin Doyle, senior associate dean for academics, and Nicolas Cassar, senior associate dean for research and PhD programs, to advise Steelman on educational and curricular matters facing the school.