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A New Era Begins
September 10-13, 2014

The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry will celebrate the inauguration of Dr. Quentin Wheeler as the College's fourth president with a series of events.

Inauguration Events

  • Campus Kick-Off Picnic
    9/10, ESF Quad
  • Academic Symposium
    Foundations for a New American Environmentalism
    9/11, Gateway Center
  • Presidential Roast
    "Under the Microscope"
  • Inauguration of Dr. Quentin Wheeler
    9/12, Hendricks Chapel, Syracuse University Campus
  • Bioblitz!
    9/12-13 (24 hours), Onondaga Lake Basin
September 10-13, 2014

The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry celebrated the inauguration of Dr. Quentin Wheeler as the College's fourth president with a series of events, September 10 - 13.

Dr. Quentin Wheeler

Dr. Quentin Wheeler was appointed fourth president of the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in January 2014. 

The slate of events, planned to reflect the theme of "The New American Environmentalism," drew visiting scientists and dignitaries to campus as well as involving students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the broader community.

The centerpiece event was the formal Inauguration ceremony, held Friday, September 12, in Hendricks Chapel. Hundreds of people attended, including representatives from SUNY, public officials and delegates from other colleges and universities, attended. A reception followed in ESF's Gateway Center for the campus community.

In addition to the formal ceremony, the schedule included an afternoon campus picnic, a Presidential Roast, an academic symposium and a bioblitz at Onondaga Lake.

Academic Symposium

The symposium, titled "Foundations for a New American Environmentalism," brought together experts from ESF and beyond for a wide-ranging conversation on three key areas:

  • Examining Environmentalism Values and the Relationships of Humans and Nature
  • Visions of the Future
  • Systems-level thinking: Bringing Together Values, Visions, Process and Institutions

The keynote speaker for the symposium was Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, University Professor at George Mason University and founder of the public television series "Nature." The moderator was Tara Sonenshine of the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs and former reporter and producer for ABC News productions.

Held in the Gateway Center on the ESF campus, the symposium concluded with closing remarks from Wheeler


The final event in the series was a 24-hour bioblitz at Onondaga Lake Park, September 12 - 13. ESF scientists, students and volunteers scoured Onondaga Lake and the surrounding shoreline to inventory all the species of flora and fauna they could find.


Contact inauguration@esf.edu if you have any questions.