Dean of Environmental Affairs
Nan Jenks-Jay serves as Dean of Environmental Affairs and teaches in the Environmental Studies Program at Middlebury College. In her role as Dean of Environmental Affairs, Jenks-Jay works to advance the College’s environmental initiatives and academic programs, as well as foster an integrated institutional vision for sustainability.
For more than two decades Nan Jenks-Jay has been actively involved in the advancement of environmental studies programs, their transformation of higher education and impact on regional sustainability. She has been immersed in a full spectrum of environmentally-related work as educator, field scientist, land trust founder, consultant, board member, and administrator. Current areas of specialization include institutional culture and organizational change.
At Middlebury, she has created an integrated, institutional vision through strategic planning and implementation that has advanced the College's already exemplary environmental academic program and award winning sustainable campus programs to new heights.
She has been associated with the two oldest undergraduate environmental studies programs in the country- at Williams College in Massachusetts for 15 years and with Middlebury College in Vermont since 1994. Between them, she took a sojourn to the West Coast where, as director of Environmental Studies and Hedco Endowed Professor, she developed new undergraduate and graduate environmental programs for the University of Redlands in California.
Jenks-Jay has held appointments on state governmental boards and national committees, and locally is a trustee for Shelburne Farms in Vermont. Additionally, she has served on external review committees for 11 college and university environmental programs. Nan Jenks-Jay has been an advisor to Orion Magazine, The New England Board of Higher Education, Project Kaleidoscope in Washington, D.C., the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
Jenks-Jay has written extensively and speaks throughout the United States on topics related to the environment, sustainability, community, and higher education.