Media release: Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman will speak at 7 p.m., Jan. 25, as part of the Berry College Cecil B. Wright III Integrity in Leadership lecture series. Her lecture “Women, Leadership, Power and Politics: Overcoming Obstacles,” will be in the Krannert Ballroom and is free and open to the public.
Whitman is the President of The Whitman Strategy Group, a consulting firm that specializes in energy and environmental issues. WSG offers a comprehensive set of solutions to problems facing businesses, organizations, and governments; they have been at the forefront of helping leading companies find innovative solutions to environmental challenges.
Whitman served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from January of 2001 until June of 2003. She was the 50th Governor of New Jersey, serving as its first woman governor from 1994 until 2001.
As governor, she earned praise from both Republicans and Democrats for her commitment to preserve a record amount of New Jersey land as permanent green space. She was also recognized by the Natural Resources Defense Council as having instituted the most comprehensive beach monitoring system in the nation.
As EPA Administrator, she promoted common-sense environmental improvements such as watershed-based water protection policies. She championed regulations requiring non-road diesel engines to reduce sulfur emissions by more than 95 percent. During her tenure, the Agency was successful in passing and implementing landmark brownfields legislation to promote the redevelopment and reuse of “brownfields,” previously contaminated industrial sites.
The Cecil B. Wright III Integrity in Leadership Lecture Series is named for Berry alumnus and trustee Cecil B. “Buster” Wright III in honor of his role as a force behind the Center for Integrity in Leadership and its mentoring program, his financial commitments and his personal character.