Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Yale School of Management Appoint Weyerhaeuser Chair

Garry Brewer, an accomplished leader in the field of policy science with expertise in environmental management, has been appointed the Frederick K. Weyerhaeuser Professor of Resource Policy and Management, jointly by the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Yale School of Management. He will join both faculties in July.

“Garry is an excellent teacher and first-rate scholar,” said Yale School of Management Dean Jeffrey E. Garten and Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Dean James Gustave Speth in a joint statement. “His knowledge of environmental problems, scholarly contributions and leadership will strengthen the links between our two schools.”

Since 1998, Brewer has served as the Dean of the University of California at Berkeley Extension, as well as Professor of Environmental Policy and Management in Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group, an interdisciplinary, graduate-level unit. From 1998 to 1999, he was King Carl XVI Gustaf Professor of Environmental Sciences and Management at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and was elected in 1998 to life membership in the Royal Swedish Academy.

He served as dean of the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment from 1992 to 1995, as well as professor of resource policy and management. While at Michigan, he founded the Corporate Environmental Management Program and the Frederick and Barbara Erb Environmental Management Institute, and was jointly appointed to the School of Business and the Institute for Public Policy Studies.

Brewer received his Ph.D. with distinction from Yale’s Political Science Department in 1970. He was appointed associate professor at the School of Management in 1974, rising to full professor in 1978. In 1980 he was appointed professor in the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, became the first occupant of the Frederick K. Weyerhaeuser Chair (1984-90), and served as the Edwin W. Davis Chair from 1990 to 1991. He also held appointments in the Yale Departments of Political Science, Operations Research and Epidemiology and Public Health.

In addition to academic appointments, Brewer has served on and chaired numerous national and international panels and commissions, including those of the National Academy of Sciences, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, the Department of Energy, the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Sweden’s National Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research.

He is the author, coauthor and editor of nine books and 70 journal articles and book chapters on a wide range of topics, including contributions on organizational complexity and behavior, computer applications to social and national security problems, political and economic development, forecasting and strategic planning, and several forms of environmental management and resource matters.

He has received numerous awards for his work, including the 2000 Harold D. Lasswell Award from the Policy Studies Organization for “…contributing to our understanding of the substance and process of public policy.”

He holds an A.B. in mathematical economics from the University of California, Berkeley, M.S. in public administration from San Diego State University, and M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale. He was a Kent Fellow from 1966 to 1970, and is a life member of the Society for Values in Higher Education. From 1963 to 1968, he was an officer in the U.S. Navy, serving in Vietnam from 1963 to 1966.

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