Making a Difference: Supporting the Next Generation of Environmental Stewards and Leaders

Sally Kleberg grew up on a ranch in South Texas, imbued with a deep love and commitment to stewardship of the land, the natural world, and the interconnectedness of man and nature. When Kleberg, a Duke alumna and parent who served on the Duke University Board of Trustees in the 1980s, learned that the university was starting an interdisciplinary School of the Environment, she jumped at the chance to get involved.
Kleberg has been an active member of the Nicholas School’s Board of Visitors for over 25 years. She has also been a generous contributor to a wide range of programs and needs. She has endowed several scholarships, as well as summer internships in Washington, DC for Nicholas students to work in environmental policy, research and decision-making and prepare themselves for positions where they can effect change.
Kleberg was also instrumental in helping the school launch the Environmental Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program. Her leadership gift provides support for what has become one of the school’s most popular certificate programs for professional environmental master’s students.

“Serving on the Board of Visitors has given me the opportunity to travel with Nicholas students and staff on fact-finding trips and learn firsthand about the often intractable and complex pressures that are facing humans and finite natural resources we share. The deeply informational board meetings we experience with a broad cross section of members, staff, students and faculty are also incredibly valuable.
“I have served on many not-for-profit boards, and the Nicholas School is one of the few that has kept me engaged for over 25 years. This is due to the passion and commitment of my fellow board members; strong friendships that develop between board members, students, staff and faculty; and the school’s and university’s commitment to excellence and to innovative, long-term strategic planning and action.”


--Sally Kleberg WC’66
Longtime Member, Nicholas School Board of Visitors