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Chancellor Johnson Elected Chair of AASHE Board

Posted by Jenna Ray on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

University of Minnesota, Morris Chancellor Jacqueline R. Johnson has been elected chair of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Board of Directors. In this role, Chancellor Johnson will lead the national association of colleges and universities as it works to create a sustainable future.

“As the first female chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Morris and a leader of the school’s commitment to developing and using renewable energy resources, Jacqueline brings an important background and perspective to the role of AASHE Board Executive Committee Chair,” says AASHE Executive Director Stephanie A. Herrera. “We value Jacqueline’s leadership as we continue to explore the future of sustainability in higher education and AASHE’s role in guiding and contributing to that future.”

Chancellor Johnson will serve as chair of AASHE’s governing body for a full calendar year. Her term began on January 1, 2014.

“I am honored to serve as chair of the board of this organization,” says Chancellor Johnson. “AASHE’s mission is critically important as higher education works to find solutions that promote a sustainable world and protect future generations. I look forward to working with other board members, AASHE staff, and our member organizations to do what I can to further that mission.”

In recent years Morris has been an active member of AASHE. In 2010 the campus registered as a charter participant in the organization’s Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) program, and in 2012 Morris became one of only 31 institutions to achieve AASHE STARS gold certification. Last fall students from the University of Minnesota’s Morris and Twin Cities campuses received the AASHE Student Sustainability Leadership Award for helping to guide the state’s Environmental Quality Board.

AASHE is helping to create a brighter future of opportunity for all by advancing sustainability in higher education. By creating a diverse community engaged in sharing ideas and promising practices, AASHE provides administrators, faculty, staff and students, as well as the business that serve them, with thought leadership and essential knowledge resources, outstanding opportunities for professional development, and a unique framework for demonstrating the value and competitive edge created by sustainability initiatives. For more information, visit