Message from the Executive Dean:

Devotion to Human Civilization

Photo: Bob Goodman. Any graduate or close friend of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences or its forerunners is likely well acquainted with the purpose of the Morrill Act of 1862, which enabled "the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes in the several pursuits and professions in life," including the teaching of chemistry, engineering, geology, agriculture and more. The land-grant mission democratized higher education—previously the exclusive privilege of the upper class studying theology, medicine, and law.

The land-grant mission remains as relevant today as it was 150 years ago, and perhaps even more urgent. Consider that in a generation, nine billion people will populate the earth, requiring extraordinary advances to feed, clothe, and shelter them. The undeniable evidence of climate change demands action to ensure the sustainability of the environment, ecosystems, and human civilization. Human civilization has never had greater need for aesthetic, cultural, artistic, and other resources to ensure the dignity and integrity of human life.

Your role, as a product of the land-grant experience of "liberal and practical education," is to engage with your school and with like-minded graduates and friends to ensure the continuity and viability of an educational system that has brought you success and leadership.

Please use this website to reacquaint yourself with your fellow alumni and friends, and to discover the work of the school and our students so you can become ambassadors of information and goodwill. It is a two-way street, as well. Please take a moment to let us know where you are, what you are doing and what may be on your mind.


Robert M. Goodman
Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources