OU Director of Sustainability search continues as final three candidates visit campus
By Kelly Doran, CG News
The selection process for the new Director of Sustainability at Ohio University continues as the three finalists visit OU for a day-long interview process.
Today the second finalist, Nicholas Hennessey, visited OU. He explained his rationale for applying for the position, citing the opportunities for support for sustainability.
“I’m here…because of what this institution offers in the area of sustainability, what it would offer in terms of support from the institution, involvement from the student body, involvement from the actual office of sustainability, the opportunity to be in a leadership role with respect to sustainability but to have that networking and that level of support,” he said.
Hennessey emphasized the necessity of collaboration. He wants to bring as many people together as possible and is willing to work with other people and hear their ideas.
“We need to provide learning and involvement opportunities for the entire university community; for students, for sure, but for everybody … that wants the opportunity,” Hennessey said.
Hennessey is currently the Sustainability Coordinator at Bowling Green State University. He majored in biology at Muskingum College, now Muskingum University, and has a law degree from Ohio State University.
Hennessey believes that sustainability fits everywhere.
“What I think is important is to figure out priorities,” he said.
Harry Wyatt, associate vice president for facilities, said that the finalists come in for a day-long interview which concludes with a tour.
There is one interview left with Annie Laurie Cadmus on Friday, May 27. Erin Sykes, the interim sustainability coordinator, had an interview last week.
Wyatt said they are looking for someone who has “a passion for sustainability and a passion for working with students.” At each of the presentations that the candidates have to give, those attending are asked to fill out an evaluation form to turn into Wyatt. The presentations are open to the public.