I write to let you know that Peter Crane has informed me of his intention to step down as the Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at the end of this academic year. Earlier today he wrote to the faculty, staff, and students of F&ES to announce this decision, and a copy of that message is included below. As you will read, this sad news for Yale is born of very happy news for Peter, who will become the inaugural president of the Oak Spring Garden Foundation—an estate of Rachel Lambert Mellon that includes extensive gardens and a library of landscape history and plant science—in Virginia this summer.
Since his arrival at Yale in the fall of 2009, Peter has brought tremendous leadership to the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and to the university community more broadly. He has strengthened F&ES for the century ahead by emphasizing faculty excellence and recruiting eminent scholars to Yale; worked to set the school on solid financial footing in the wake of the economic downturn; led the modernization and strategic renewal of facilities to support the school’s academic mission; fostered interdisciplinary and inter-school collaboration; and positioned F&ES as an exemplar of diversity, global perspective, and civic engagement.
Peter’s last day in the deanship will be June 30, 2016, and we will have opportunities before then to further recognize his legacy on our campus. He is ardent in his commitment to the school’s continued success in the year ahead, and I look forward to his ongoing contributions.
We will soon undertake a search for the next dean, and updates on that process will be forthcoming. In the meantime, please join me in offering Peter Crane our heartfelt good wishes and appreciation.
President and Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology