Lee Thomas, C’67, on “The Intersection of Business and the Environment”

  • on 17 Sep 2013
  • Gailor Auditorium
Lee Thomas

Former EPA administrator and CEO of Rayonier, Inc., Lee M. Thomas, C’67, will speak on “The Intersection of Business and the Environment: Much Conflict, Yet Even Greater Opportunities” as the Babson Center’s fall Bryan Viewpoints Speaker. 

Thomas retired in 2012 as chairman and chief executive officer of Rayonier, Inc., a diversified forest products company. His first job after graduating from Sewanee was as a juvenile probation officer, and his career in public service culminated when, from 1985 to 1989, he was the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Thomas recently co-authored a New York Times op-ed with other former EPA administrators William D. Ruckelshaus, William K. Reilly, and Christine Todd Whitman. The piece presented “A Republican Case for Climate Action.” Read more about Thomas here.

Thomas’s lecture is co-sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program and the Department of Forestry and Geology. It is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception in the Gailor Auditorium foyer. See more details here.

The Bryan Viewpoints Speaker Series provides Sewanee students regular opportunities to hear leaders discuss timely and important ideas in business, public policy, economic theory, and business ethics. It is made possible by a major endowment from Peggy and J.F. Bryan IV, C’ 65.