Keynote Speakers

John Anderson

Dr. John M. AndersonDr. John M. Anderson is the president of Millersville University. Prior to his appointment at Millersville, Dr. Anderson served as president of Alfred State and as executive vice president and provost at Hartwick College before that. He has worked in a variety of academic and leadership roles over his career, including president, executive vice president, provost, vice president for Academic Affairs, vice president of Institutional Advancement, interim vice president of Student Services, dean of Student Development, and professor. Community involvement has been an important part of President Anderson’s life and he serves on a variety of non-profit boards. One of his most rewarding experiences has been serving for the past nine years as a board member, and at times an officer, of Springbrook, Inc., a not-for-profit organization with approximately 1,000 employees that supports children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Early in his career, Dr. Anderson’s research interests were in the field of Proton Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) spectroscopy. His areas of expertise have more recently evolved to include strategic planning, student civic engagement, and sustainability. He serves on the Steering Committee for the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), the Executive Committee for the New York Campus Compact, and also chairs the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Economic Development Committee.

Dr. Anderson has a PhD in education from Cornell University, an MA in physics from SUNY Geneseo, a BA in physics from SUNY Brockport, and an AS in math and science from Westchester Community College. He also received post-graduate education at Harvard University.

Roger Ebbage

Roger EbbageRoger Ebbage has been the Energy Management Program Coordinator at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, since 1992 and has made the program a national model for energy education. He has added Renewable Energy, Resource Conservation Management, and Water Conservation to Lane’s Career-Technical Degree options. After developing and piloting several energy efficiency workshops in the residential and commercial sectors, Roger founded and serves as Director of the Northwest Energy Education Institute, which provides continuing education for practitioners. Most recently, Roger founded and serves as the Executive Director of the Association of Community College Energy and Water Educators (ACCEWE).

He is an Association of Energy Engineers Certified Energy Manager, a California Certified Energy Auditor, a Bonneville Power Administration Certified Energy Auditor/Inspector, and a general building contractor. He was recently selected as the “Energy Manager of the Year” by the Oregon Association of Professional Energy Managers and “Innovator of the Year” by the Community College League for Innovation.

Roger holds an interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree in Environmental Studies/Industrial Arts with a Passive Solar Design Emphasis.

Leith Sharp

Leith SharpLeith Sharp has spent 20 years driving sustainability into the core business of higher education. As a student, Leith was elected to be the first paid environment officer of the student union. In this role, Leith instituted a carpooling program, a permaculture teaching facility and a university-wide environmental policy. In 1995, Leith was employed as one of the world’s first campus sustainability directors to establish a campus sustainability program at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. In this role, Leith funded a team of 10 full time staff through energy, purchasing and waste related savings, grants and university funding. Her team established a 2 tonne a day composting facility, a GHG reduction commitment, a green office program, a green transportation program and much more. For her work in Australia, Leith was awarded Young Australian of the Year in the New South Wales Environment Category and received a prestigious Churchill Fellowship.

In 1999, Leith was recruited to become the founding director of Harvard’s Office for Sustainability. Under her leadership, Harvard came to have the largest green campus organization in the world with 24 full time staff funded largely through cost savings. She established an innovative $12 million green revolving loan fund, designed and instituted a variety of successful large-scale behavior change initiatives, lead efforts that resulted in 80+ certified or registered green building projects (mostly LEED Gold), a robust GHG reduction commitment and much more. For her work at Harvard, Leith received numerous awards from the EPA, the City of Cambridge and the Boston Society of Architects.

In 2009 Leith was recruited to be the start-up Executive Director for the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN), a partnership of 48 community college Presidents working together to drive green economic growth across Illinois. Working with the Presidents, Leith assisted IGEN in securing over $25 million of Federal, State and Utility funding for green workforce training. In 2011, Leith was invited to become the founding Chair of the Sustainability Futures Academy, an emerging international collaboration focused on executive leadership development and curriculum change leadership research. This collaboration has resulted in the production of a robust report on the change leadership capabilities needed for leading curriculum change across the higher education sector, based on an international survey of 188 faculty sustainability leaders and consultation with 300 more higher education faculty and senior leaders.

Over the last decade, Leith has been invited to speak with hundreds of higher education and other organizations including the House Chief Administrative Office for the House of Representatives, Citibank, the Danish Ministry for the Environment and the Leadership Foundation For Higher Education in the UK. She continues to teach sustainability change management at Harvard University, is on the editorial board for the International Journal for Sustainability in Higher Education and consults internationally on how to ‘change the way we change’.

Leith has a bachelor of environmental engineering from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Education (human development and psychology) from Harvard University.