DURHAM, NC – Jennifer J. Swenson, assistant professor of the practice of geospatial analysis, has assumed responsibilities as director of the Nicholas School of the Environment’s Professional Studies program.

As director, Swenson will work with Nicholas School faculty and the Office of Academic and Enrollment Services  to oversee course and curriculum advising, masters projects guidelines, professional and field skills training,  and other academic support services for students enrolled in the school’s Master of Environmental Management and Master of Forestry degree programs.

Swenson succeeds Lynn McGuire, professor of the practice of environmental decision analysis, in the post.  McGuire served as director of the Professional Studies program from 1994 through the start of the 2012-13 academic year.