It’s hard to express what an exhilarating privilege it has been for me to be part of this great university and the best professional school of the environment anywhere in the world. It will be an enormous wrench to leave behind the wonderful F&ES community with its outstanding staff and faculty, inspiring students, incomparable alumni and dedicated supporters. Nevertheless, after discussing the prospect of this transition with my family we have concluded that this is the right time to take up a new and important challenge.
Beginning July 1, 2016 I will become President of the newly created Oak Spring Garden Foundation originating from the estate of Mrs. Rachel Lambert (Bunny) Mellon. The Foundation will be based at Oak Spring near Upperville, Virginia. Oak Spring includes one of the great gardens of North America and the Oak Spring Garden Library, which houses a collection of books, prints, and drawings tracing the history of landscape architecture and garden design, including the early history of plant science. The mission of the Foundation will be to facilitate scholarship and public dialogue on the uses, history, and future of plants. I look forward to continuing my relationship with the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and with Yale, in my new role.
However, this transition is still almost a year away and in the coming months I will redouble my efforts to secure the School’s most important priorities for the future. These include further strengthening our research portfolio, enhancing the breadth and quality of our pedagogy, completing the renovation of Greeley Laboratory, and securing the F&ES campus at Yale Myers Forest to support expanded research and outreach.
In my years at Yale I have learned from, and been supported by, many friends in F&ES and across the entire campus. It is my hope that these friendships will endure well into the future.
With my deepest thanks for all we have accomplished so far, and all we will accomplish together in the coming year.
Sir Peter Crane
Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean
School of Forestry & Environmental Studies