Jay D. Hair Endowed Chair DVD Preview

Here is a short preview from the opening of a DVD designed to educate the general public and potential donors about The Jay D. Hair Endowed Chair for Biodiversity and Conservation.

I met Jay through the mail – first. I was a young new Assistant, Legislative Assistant, and I was preparing for a hearing on the Exxon Valdez oil spill; and I was cracking the books just thinking ‘oh, my gosh, how do I make sense of all of this information’: oil spill, pollution, prevention, legislation. . . And I finally got around to opening that days’ mail; and there was a letter, a package, from Jay Hair, National Wildlife Federation; and I opened it up and inside was a tiny vial of oil from the Exxon Valdez spill. It made it real. He had a way of making it real.

A graduate of Clemson University who went on to head the National Wildlife Federation, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources and The World Conservation Congress, Jay Hair is widely recognized as one of the most influential environmental leaders of his time.