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Unity Welcomes Three New Members to the Board of Trustees

May 15, 2023

New Members Eagerly Join University as it Evolves into a Thriving Institution

After a year-long process of vetting a competitive pool of candidates, the Board Governance Task Force of Unity Environmental University is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to its Board of Trustees: Elizabeth Dahlen, Jacqueline M. Sturdivant, and Holly J. Logue. All are envisioning an incredible journey of growth and transformation as Unity progresses into a vibrant institution of the future. 

“Their leadership and guidance will be essential in supporting the President’s vision in the implementation of the institution’s strategic plans that ensure the University remains at the forefront of innovative approaches to environmental sustainability education,” said Board Chair Sharon Reishus. “As members of the Board of Trustees, they will work collaboratively with college leadership to identify opportunities for growth, cultivate partnerships with like-minded organizations, and ensure that the institution’s financial resources are managed effectively.”

Each new trustee brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the college, as well as a strong commitment to social responsibility.

Dr. Elizabeth Dahlen is a seasoned leader with international experience in orchestrating complex and diverse stakeholders, leading business operations, and launching new initiatives. She currently serves as the Director of Finance and Operations for the Department of Chemistry at Stanford University, where she oversees a team of over 40 staff members and manages an annual operating budget of $16 million. 

Holly J. Logue is a corporate, legal, and policy advisor for innovative businesses with a focus on medical devices, machine learning, biotech, pharma, diagnostics, and connected technology. She has extensive experience with business models and regulatory pathways specific to healthcare organizations, as well as expertise in intellectual property, complex transactions, fundraising, commercialization, government relations, and compliance for global organizations. Logue also has experience as an advisory board member and executive team member.

Jacqueline M. Sturdivant is a global corporate strategy and product management executive who has generated new revenues of up to $1.5 billion. She has significant experience in all stages of the corporate growth cycle with large established companies and start-ups supporting B2B & B2C models. Her strengths in strategic planning and implementation, team development and optimization, global product development and management, and financial management and M&A will be invaluable assets to Unity.

Their invaluable expertise and dedication will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in ushering in a new era of excellence, innovation, and sustainability at Unity.

“We are thrilled to welcome the newest trustees to Unity Environmental University,” said Unity President Dr. Melik Peter Khoury. “We selected each candidate based on their diverse backgrounds and commitment to sustainability and social responsibility. As Unity leans into groundbreaking methods of learning, it was important for us to find board members who share our passion for the future of higher education. I look forward to working with them to advance our mission and prepare our students to be the kind of environmental stewards and culturally competent leaders that are desperately needed in their communities across the country and globe.”

We asked each new trustee what motivated them to join the Unity Environmental University Board of Trustees, and what they are most excited about in this new role. 

“I believe in Unity’s mission to be the best environmental institution in the world. Given the drastic and oftentimes deadly impacts of climate change, I am excited about expanding research and developing new solutions for the environment, natural resources, and sustainability science. I am also inspired by Unity Environmental University and the Board’s dedication to expanding Unity, developing new business models, and creating accessible, affordable, and flexible higher education opportunities. One of my passions is to improve the educational experience and outcome for all students. “ – Jacqueline M. Sturdivant

“I am excited about the opportunity to be a part of an organization that is committed to making sustainability and environmental science a part of our everyday lives by providing accessible, flexible and innovative learning models to students.  Unity Environmental University brings opportunities for individuals to achieve their goals and to promote a better future for all of us.  I am most excited about leveraging the training and experience I have in law, technology and bioscience to Unity’s mission, and to learn from my fellow Board of Trustee members.” — Holly Logue

“I receive notices for Board opportunities fairly often.  When this opportunity came along, it immediately caught my interest.  Unity Environmental University is providing training and education to a broad community of learners who will shape our future and who are on the cutting edge of dealing with the ramifications and solutions for global warming, the greatest threat our planet faces.  Unity provides these students with the education they require to be successful where they are at with flexible learning and mentoring options that fit the goals and aspirations of the students.  The unique business unit structure for learning and research enables faculty to maximize their role in delivering relevant and critical knowledge and the professional mentoring provided ensures that students align with the educational model that best suits them.” – Dr. Elizabeth Dahlen

With the addition of these new members, the Unity Environmental University Board of Trustees now consists of 14 members who are committed to the success and sustainability of the college. Each new member will begin in May of 2023.