Dean of CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources Named President of Council of Environmental Deans and Directors

Joyce Berry, dean of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University, has been named president of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors.

Berry began her two-year appointment in January.

The Council of Environmental Deans and Directors, or CEDD, is an association of academic environmental leaders that represents more than 150 universities and colleges in the United States. Since 2001, CEDD has emerged as a leading organization working to improve the quality, stature and effectiveness of interdisciplinary environmental programs on the nation’s campuses.

Berry, a CSU alumna, has been a long-time proponent of natural resources and environmental education.

Berry, who is a professor in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, also served as director of the Environment and Natural Resources Policy Institute from 1994-2001 and interim director of the Colorado Policy Institute from 2001-2002. Her first term as dean of CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources was 2004-2006. University leadership named Berry vice president for Advancement and Strategic Initiatives at Colorado State in 2006. In 2009, Berry was named dean of the Warner College of Natural Resources and returned to her passion for students and natural resources.

Since 1990, Berry has co-authored two books on environmental leadership and developed undergraduate, graduate and professional environmental leadership programs used by universities and organizations nationwide. Berry’s research and teaching interests include integrating science, management and policy, public involvement, organizational change and women in science and natural resources.

She has been appointed to the USDA Secretary of Agriculture’s Forest Research Advisory Committee, chaired the National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry, and serves on multiple boards including the National Council on Science and the Environment, the Trust for Public Lands and the Pinchot Institute for Conservation.

Berry’s appointment came from a CEDD election process. Governmental agencies, national and international organizations and business groups seek out CEDD as a gateway to working with the academic environmental community. CEDD’s strategic priorities include curriculum advancement, interdisciplinary scholarship, diversity, leadership development, research and careers.