Ingrid C. (Indy) Burke, director of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, will be the next dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), President Peter Salovy announced in an email to the campus community on July 21.
Burke, who is also the Wyoming Excellence Chair of Ecology at the University of Wyoming, will join the Yale community on Oct. 1. Her initial term runs through June 30, 2021.
“Professor Burke brings to Yale significant leadership skills and a dedication to education and research,” wrote Salovey in his announcement. “A biogeochemist whose work focuses on semiarid rangelands and on the effects of land management and climate on these systems, she is a respected intellectual leader in the United States and internationally, with a particular interest in fostering interdisciplinary scholarship.”
The Haub School is among the top institutions in the western United States for research, teaching, and outreach in natural resources, and during Burke’s eight-year tenure, it has developed an international reputation. Under her direction, the school has grown dramatically in enrollment, joint degree programs, philanthropic donations, and engagement in state- and region-wide land management and policy.
“She has a personal passion for promoting diversity and inclusion that she has brought to her leadership role,” noted Salovey.