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  Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute
Talbot to serve as interim director

Brian Talbot has been appointed interim director of the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute.
(Photo courtesy Stephen M. Ross School of Business)

"To continue the institute's implementation progress and to assure maximum integrity of institute activity, the Deans' Council recommended that an interim director be appointed to lead the institute until the permanent director is identified and in residence," Interim Provost Edward Gramlich said in announcing the appointment.

Talbot is the David B. Hermelin Professor of Business Administration and professor of operations and management science in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

Gramlich praised Talbot's experience on the faculty. He served four years as associate dean of the Ross School and seven years as founding co-director of the Tauber Manufacturing Institute—a joint graduate-level program between the College of Engineering (CoE) and business school. He also served two years as co-director of the Corporate Environmental Management Program (renamed the Erb graduate program in 2005)—a joint graduate program between the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) and the Ross School.

The Graham Institute was launched in November 2005 to advance the University's position as a global academic leader in research and teaching of environmental sustainability. The institute, which is expected to be fully operational later this year, will focus on five crucial areas of sustainability—energy, freshwater systems, human health and its link to the changing environment, global change and biodiversity, and infrastructure and manufacturing systems.

It will continue and expand the work of more than 300 faculty members from the CoE, SNRE, School of Public Health, the Ross School, LSA, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Talbot and the Deans' Council will oversee institute activities. An executive committee also will help implement program initiatives.

Gramlich says the search committee for the Graham Institute director has received significant interest in the position and that the Provost's Office hopes to name a permanent director by late spring or early summer.

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