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CUIP Board of Advisors

allen Dr. Lawrence R. Allen was Dean of the College of Health, Education, and Human Development at Clemson University, from August 2001, to July, 2014, and has been a faculty member in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Development since 1989. He recently returned from serving as a visiting professor at Maasai Mara University, Kenya for five months. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in recreation and park administration with a specialty area in counseling. He is a Fellow with Academy of Leisure Sciences, and in 1995, served as the President of the Academy. In 1996, he was elected to the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration. Dr. Allen’s primary interest focuses on the impact of recreation and park experiences on individual and community well-being. Further, he has been instrumental in the development of a Master’s degree in Youth Development Leadership at Clemson University. His interest in the relationship between park, recreation, and tourism services and community well-being has provided valuable information to practitioners and academics regarding effective methods of leisure service delivery.

boykin Celeste "Clete" Boykin The senior manager for DuPont Government Marketing and Government Affairs, where she is responsible for legislative policy for a number of issues, including cybersecurity, trade secrets and transportation. She graduated from Clemson in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in plant sciences and received her Master of Arts in international relations from American University in Washington, D.C., in 1989. Boykin is currently involved with CentroNia, a nationally recognized multicultural learning community with a pioneering approach to bilingual education, the Baltimore Washington, D.C., Clemson Club and the Clemson Board of Visitors. Boykin is a native of Lancaster.

Cheatham Dr. Harold E. Cheatham received a bachelor of science degree in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University in 1961, a master of arts degree from Colgate University in 1969, and the doctor of philosophy degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1973. Dr. Cheatham’s professional appointments in higher education include Director of University Counseling at Case Western Reserve University, professor of psychology at the US. Coast Guard Academy, professor and head of the department of counselor education and counseling psychology at Pennsylvania State University, and professor and dean of Clemson University College of Health, Education, and Human Development from 1996 to 2001. He has served as education leader and as a student of mental health service delivery in the Soviet Union and China, and as medical missionary to Zambia, Ghana, Vietnam, and Haiti. Cheatham is a life member of Phi Kappa Phi, and the Fulbright Scholars Association. He has served on the editorial boards of the Career Development Quarterly, Western Journal of Black Studies, Journal of Black Psychology, Journal of College Student Development, and as editor of the ACPA Media Board. His writing and research address multicultural counseling theory and practice, cultural pluralism, and psychosocial development of African Americans in US higher education. Dr. Cheatham is also a founding member of the Hartzog Institute for National Parks and is Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of counseling and education leadership at Clemson University. He also achieved Professor Emeritus status at the Pennsylvania State University. In 2012, Cheatham was inducted into the Society of Distinguished Alumni of The Pennsylvania State University.

Dobbins Dr. Thomas Dobbins grew up on a cotton, row crop, and beef farm in Townville, South Carolina. His family has since changed operations to a dairy farm which they still run today. While growing up on the farm, he was very active in 4-H and FFA. From 1977-1978 he served as the President of the South Carolina FFA Association. Today, Dr. Dobbins serves as Director of the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service and provides leadership to Clemson University’s statewide Extension System. The Clemson University Cooperative Extension System has offices in all 46 South Carolina counties and at each of the 5 Research and Education Centers, as well as on main campus. The Cooperative Extension System has five major core program areas: Agriculture, Agribusiness, Food Heath and Community, Natural Resources, and 4-H Youth Development. He is responsible for the oversight of programs, personnel, budgets and strategic planning. He is also responsible for building or maintaining relationships/partnerships with strategic partners such as SC Departments of Agriculture and Education, SC Farm Bureau, SC Forestry Commission, SC Department of Natural Resources, USDA-FSA, Ag Lending Agencies and many more.

Bernard_FaganBernard "Chick" Fagan graduated from Clemson University in 1969 with a degree in Recreation and Park Administration and continued study as a parks and recreation graduate student at The Pennsylvania State University.

In 1972 he began his 40-year career with the U.S. Department of the Interior as a grants-in-aid officer for the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation.  Subsequent responsibilities included evaluating potential National Wild and Scenic Rivers, and providing coordination, writing, and editing support leading to the establishment of the NJ Pinelands National Reserve.  After the Reserve was established he served as staff assistant to the Secretary of the Interior’s representative on the NJ Pinelands Commission.

In 1982, Mr. Fagan was appointed Assistant Superintendent of Assateague Island National Seashore.  He left park management in 1989 when selected as the National Park Service’s first Bevinetto Fellow in legislative and congressional affairs.  

Mr. Fagan joined the NPS Office of Policy in 1992 and served as Chief of that office from October 2008 until his retirement in 2012.  His primary responsibilities included writing, reviewing, and editing the primary guidance documents for managing national park areas; training and counseling employees on the proper application of laws, policies, and regulations; providing leadership in the establishment of advisory committees and commissions; and representing the NPS on the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. Upon his retirement, Mr. Fagan received the Department of the Interior’s Superior Service award.  

Mr. Fagan currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife, Deborah.  

PhilFrancis Phil Francis retired in 2013 after a 40-year career in the National Park Service, culminating with seven years as the Superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway and 11 years as Deputy Superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Mr. Francis led the Parkway as it developed the parkway’s first general management plan and during the parkway’s 75th anniversary celebration. A native of Grover, North Carolina, he began his career with the NPS at Kings Mountain National Military Park as a seasonal park ranger while a student at Clemson and later as Administrative Assistant. Mr. Francis went on to serve as Administrative Officer at a sequence of parks of increasing size and complexity including Shenandoah and Yosemite national parks. Following Yosemite, he was the Associate Regional Director, Administration for the National Park Service’s Southwest Region.

Mr. Francis is a graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor's degree in Administrative Management. He completed the Department of Interior Senior Executive Service Training Program and received numerous awards over his career. In addition, he received the Department of Interior’s Superior Service Award and the Walter T. Cox Award from Clemson University for sustained achievement in public service providing leadership in administration of public lands and for policy formation affecting our natural and cultural resources. Mr. Francis serves as vice chair of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks and is a member of the National Park Conservation Association’s Southeast Regional Council. He also serves on the boards for the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont and Discover Life in America. He is married to Smokies’ entomologist Dr. Becky Nichols and resides in Sevierville.

Freimund Dr. Wayne Freimund is Professor and Chair of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. He guides, manages and advocates for a large faculty and staff that provides transformative educational experiences and socially impactful research that affects most facets of local and global quality of life; provides inclusive processes for visioning and applying resources toward departmental goals; communicates on behalf of the department to University, stakeholder and national audiences; and provides a nurturing environment for all students; and ensures fiscally responsibility, increased research funding and philanthropic activity educational.

Hossfeld Leslie Hossfeld  began work as dean of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences in July 2018. Prior to her appointment as dean, she was professor and head of the Department of Sociology at Mississippi State University (MSU), where she also served as director of the Mississippi Food Insecurity Program and associate director of the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities. Before she arrived at MSU, she worked as chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Hossfeld’s career includes serving as co-lead on the USDA SERA-47 Southern Extension Research Activity Learning Community project, where she works to strengthen local and regional food needs and priorities in 13 Southern region states. She earned her Ph.D. in sociology at North Carolina State University, and she holds a Master of Social Science degree from the University of Mississippi and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Gaines Phil Gaines is currently the State Park Director for the South Carolina State Park Service. Mr. Gaines is a native of Greenville SC and a 1981 graduate of Clemson University. Mr. Gaines is the currently on the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Park Directors, and the National Association of State Outdoor Recreation Liaison Officers. He has served as President of the Association of Southeastern State Park Directors and Past Chairman of the Board of Regents for the State Park Leadership School in Wheeling West Virginia where he still is an instructor. Mr. Gaines was recently awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of State Park Directors and the Walter Cox Award for Public Service and Leadership in Natural Resources, from Clemson University.

Brad_Ives Brad Ives has served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Enterprises and Chief Sustainability Officer for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since May 2015. He is responsible for Auxiliary Services, which includes Carolina Dining Services and UNC Student Stores, Energy Services, Parking & Transportation, Trademarks & Licensing, and Sustainability. Mr. Ives also manages the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory, which facilitates the dissemination of policy and research expertise of the University on natural resources management issues within North Carolina.

From 2013 to 2015, Mr. Ives was Assistant Secretary for Natural Resources for North Carolina and managed Aquariums, Marine Fisheries, State Parks, the Museum of Natural Sciences and the Zoo. He previously work in the solar and biomass energy sectors, and developed an award-winning landfill gas project with ExxonMobil.  Mr. Ives started his career as a structured finance lawyer in New York and Charlotte, and later worked in institutional money management in London.  In addition to his professional responsibilities, Mr. Ives currently serves on the Boards of Advisors for the Clemson University Institute for Parks, the North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics Foundation and the Morehead-Cain Scholarship Foundation.  Mr. Ives received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar. 

Fran_MainellaFran Mainella is a Visiting Scholar at Clemson University Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. She is also President of Fran Mainella Consulting,LLC.  Previously, Director Mainella served nearly six years as the 16th Director and the first woman to lead the National Park Service.  Fran served twelve years as Director of Florida’s State Parks, which received the Gold Medal Award, recognizing Florida as the best state park system in the country.  She has also served as executive director of the Florida Recreation and Park Association and as president of both the National Recreation and Park Association and the National Association of State Park Directors.

Clemson University has named an award in her honor, encouraging women to pursue conservation careers.  The American Recreation Coalition also presented her with the Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award.  She has received the William Penn Mott, Jr. Award for Excellence by the NSPR and she is one of the few that have been a two-time winner of the Pugsley Award, the highest award given by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. She has also been selected as the Metcalf Lecturer for SUNY- Cortland, the first ever Ralph Steele Lecturer for East Carolina University, and the Calhoun Lecturer for Clemson University.  For four consecutive years, the Clemson University Board of Trustees presented her with an award for faculty excellence. In addition, Mainella received the Outstanding Alumni of the Year from the University Of Connecticut School Of Education.  Additionally, she has written many articles and book publications including the introduction to National Geographic’s 10 Best of Everything National Parks and an acknowledgement to Richard Louv’s new book: The Nature Principle.

Fran is currently the Vice-Chair of South Florida National Park Trust; Member of the Board of Trustees for Guest Services Inc; Past-Chair of the Children and Nature Network; Co-Chair of the US Play Coalition; Member of the Clemson Institute for Parks; Fellow of the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administrators; Member of the Foundation for Sustainable Parks and Recreation; and a national speaker on Women in Leadership, Nature Deficit Disorder, Play, and Parks and Recreation.

Director Mainella holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut, a master’s degree, and an honorary doctorate from Central Connecticut State College.

orr Justice Robert Orr is the current chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Institute for Parks. Justice Orr was born in Norfolk, Virginia and spent his childhood in Hendersonville, North Carolina. After earning his bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Justice Orr served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1971. He returned to UNC-Chapel Hill to earn his law degree and then entered private law practice in Asheville, North Carolina. In 1986, Justice Orr was appointed to the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and in 1994 was elected to the state's Supreme Court. From 1992 to 1996, he also served on the United States National Park System Advisory Board. Justice Orr also teaches a class on the NC Constitution at UNC School of Law and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Conservation Trust of North Carolina.

In July 2004, Justice Orr retired from the state Supreme Court during the summer to head the newly-formed North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law. Justice Orr continues to practice law focusing on appellate work, NC Constitution litigation and representing college athletes in NCAA matters. He has four children, one of which is pursuing a MS from Clemson University’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management.

Dave Parker has explored 55 of the 60 National Parks in the US over the last 50 years. Mr. Parker earned his BA and Master’s degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit. After serving in the Air Force, he joined the Oakland County MI Planing Commision where he conducted water resource studies and represented the community at sessions of the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Parks Authority. Prior to becoming President and Chief Executive Officer of AGA in September, 1997, Mr. Parker was President of the Aluminum Association. Previously, Mr. Parker spent nine years in public policy positions at the Edison Electric Institute, addressing a variety of advocacy issues on behalf of the electric utility industry. His prior 17 years of government experience includes, service in a variety of senior positions at the White House, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of the Interior. He served as an airman in the U.S. Air Force from 1962-1968 and he was the 1997-98 Chairman of the Board of the American Society of Association Executives.

Robert G. Stanton imageRobert G. Stanton, former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior and former Director of the National Park Service, was appointed by President Barack Obama on October 30, 2014 to a four-year term on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP). An independent federal agency, the ACHP promotes the educational, economic, and cultural value of historic preservation and advises the president and Congress on national historic preservation policy. It also influences federal activities, programs, and policies that affect historic and cultural properties.

As Senior Advisor to the Interior Secretary from 2010-2014, Mr. Stanton served as a key senior analyst and provided executive level advice and support to the Secretary on a wide range of environmental, educational, organizational and management challenges, and opportunities and worked closely with the bureaus and offices in advancing the Secretary and the President's goals for Interior. He also represented the Secretary and the Department on Presidential Policy Review Committees, Boards and Commissions From 2009-2010 before assuming the Senior Advisor position in the immediate Office of the Secretary, Mr. Stanton served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Program Management.

Mr. Stanton, prior to returning to Federal service in 2009, served as an Executive Professor at Texas A&M University in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences; Visiting Professor at Howard University in the Department of History (Public History Program); Professor of the Practice at Yale University in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; board member and consultant to a number of national conservation organizations. From 2001-2003, he also served as the International Union for Conservation and Nature (IUCN) Ambassador for the Fifth World Parks Congress held in 2003 in Durban, South Africa.

An experienced public administrator, Mr. Stanton was unanimously confirmed in 1997 as the 15th Director of the National Park Service and served as the Director until the end of the Clinton Administration. He was the first Director to undergo confirmation hearings before the U.S. Senate and the first African American to serve in this position since the National Park Service was established by Congressional legislation in 1916. Beginning with his appointment by Interior Secretary Stewart Lee Udall in 1962 as a National Park Service Ranger at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, he has dedicated his life work to improving the preservation and management of the Nation's rich and diverse natural and cultural resources. He worked consistently to increase staff diversity and supported programs that recognized the struggles, courage, leadership, and contributions of women and minorities in the development and collective history of the United States. He has held key management and executive positions including Park Superintendent (National Capital Parks-East, Washington, DC/Maryland and Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands); Deputy Regional Director, Southeast Region; Deputy Regional Director, National Capital Region; Regional Director, National Capital Region; and in the National Office, Assistant Director for Park Operations, Associate Director for Park Management and Director.

As Director of the National Park Service, Mr. Stanton had policy, planning and management responsibility for the National Park System's 384 natural, cultural and recreational areas and partnerships with governmental and non-governmental organizations. The 83-million acre National Park System attracted 228 million visits each year. He managed a workforce of 20,000 permanent, temporary and seasonal employees and an annual budget of $2.3 billion. He was responsible for the National Park Service areas, programs and offices located in 49 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

His bipartisan and inclusive approach to problem solving and cooperative resource stewardship earned him respect and admiration, enabling him to build effective relations with the U. S. Congress, Federal, Tribal, state and local agencies, diverse organizations, leaders and citizens. Under his leadership and through the work of an outstanding staff, volunteers and wide range of partners, the National Park Service budget increased by 28 percent and major park preservation and visitor service programs were inaugurated, including the Natural Resource Challenge; the Cultural Resource Challenge; Connecting People to Parks (education and interpretation); Public Lands Corps; Action Plan for Diversity in Workforce and Public Programs; Co-sponsorship of the Save America's Treasures Program; Visitor Transportation Systems; Cultural Resources Diversity Intern Program; Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units Program; International Cooperative Agreements for Resource Conservation ;and Restructured Planning, Design and Construction Program. Major presidential and legislative initiatives were enacted throughout his tenure, including the authorization of eleven new park areas, six national heritage areas, the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom and Special Resource Studies for 22 possible new areas to the National Park System.

Cited in a wide range of news media, professional and technical publications and a frequent public speaker, Mr. Stanton has participated in major national and international conferences, including the Fifth World Parks Congress, Durban, South Africa, 2003; World Protected Areas Leadership Forum in Australia, 2002, in Spain, 2001, and in Virginia, 2000; First World Conference on Cultural Parks, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, 1984, and the Second World Congress on National Parks, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, 1972. He is a co-founder of the World Protected Areas Leadership Forum.

He is active in professional and civic affairs. Current and past board and advisory council memberships include the Chesapeake Conservancy, Park Institute of America, Coalition for Endangered Species, Institute for Parks at Clemson University, Advisory Council of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, the National Parks Conservation Association, Accokeek Foundation, Environmental Law Institute, Grand Teton National Park Foundation, Eastern National Cooperating Association, African American Experience Fund of the National Park Foundation (co-founder), Advisory Council of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, Guest Services, Inc., and the Student Conservation Association.

Mr. Stanton has been nationally recognized through awards and citations for outstanding public service and leadership in conservation, historic preservation, youth programs, public and government relations and diversity in employment and public programs. Recognition includes the U.S. Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Federal Executive Service; Department of the Interior's highest award, the Distinguished Service Award; the National Council of Negro Women's highest award, the Distinguished Service Award; the Cornelius Pugsley Gold Medal of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration; the IUCN's Fred M. Packard International Parks Merit Award; the Student Conservation Association Founder's Award; the Presidential Award, the Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association: the Lincoln Medal, Ford's Theatre Society; the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, National Ethnic Coalition Organizations; the International Salute Committee's Award for Public Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr,; the Colonel Charles Young Diversity Recognition Award, the National Park Foundation; the Living Legacy Award, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History; and the Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award, the National Trust for Historic Preservation highest award.

Two awards have been established in his name: The Robert G. Stanton Award for Exemplary Support, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom of the National Park Service (presented annually) and the Robert G. Stanton Award for Leadership in Diversity (presented bi-annually), Clemson University and one jointly named award, the Stanton-Horton Award for Excellence in National Park Service History Programs, Organization of American Historians (presented annually)

Mr. Stanton earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, Texas, and did his graduate work at Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts. He has been awarded five honorary doctorate degrees: Doctor of Letters, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; Doctor of Science, Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, Texas; Doctor of Environmental Stewardship, Unity College, Unity, Maine; Doctor of Public Policy, Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Doctor of Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.
A native of Ft. Worth, Texas, Mr. Stanton, in the era of "separate but equal," grew up in Mosier Valley, one of the oldest communities in Texas founded by African Americans shortly after the U.S. Civil War. He and his wife Janet, nee Moffatte of South Carolina, make their home in Fairfax Station, Virginia.

TaltonToni Talton is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. She is a 1986 graduate of Clemson University in Parks, Recreation. and Tourism Management with an emphasis in Travel and Tourism. Toni is married to Jimmy Talton who is also a 1986 Clemson graduate. He earned a Financial Management degree from the College of Business and an MBA from the University of Florida. Following graduation, Toni worked many years in the hotel business in various roles for The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company in Atlanta, Georgia. As part of the corporate sales team, she opened several new properties in the US. After her time in the hotel business, she worked in sales for Tiffany and Company's Corporate Division in New York City. Upon relocating to Raleigh, NC where she still resides, Toni worked in non profit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Toni and Jimmy have 3 children Caroline, Laura and James. Caroline and Laura are both currently Clemson students and James is in high school. She enjoys volunteer work, traveling and spending time at the coast. 

Trammell Harrison "Hack" Trammell is the chief executive of the Clemson University Foundation, which has as its mission to support Clemson University by promoting growth and stewardship of an endowment currently in excess of $700 million, fulfilling its covenants with donors.  Mr. Trammell also serves as chief executive of the university’s two real estate related foundations: The Clemson University Real Estate Foundation, which receives and disposes of gifts of real estate property, and the Clemson University Land Stewardship Foundation; a real estate property development enterprise. Having spent over two decades in healthcare administration, Mr. Trammell retired in 2007 as the President of the Regional Facilities Division of the Carolinas Healthcare System. He graduated from Clemson in 1978 with a BS in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant (retired).

Wright Dr. Brett Wright is dean of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences at Clemson University. Prior to his appointment as dean, he was interim dean of the university’s College of Health, Education and Human Development and chair of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. He also serves as co-chair of the U.S. Play Coalition, which is housed at the university. He came to Clemson in 2002 from George Mason University, where he chaired the Department of Health, Fitness and Recreation Resources, directed the Center for Recreation Resources Policy, and served as an affiliate faculty member of the Department of Biology’s Environmental Science and Public Policy Program. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Morehead State University and his doctorate from Texas A&M University. He is past president of the National Society of Park Resources and a fellow and board member of the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration.

Yarrow Dr. Greg Yarrow Dr. Yarrow is Chair of the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation which includes degree programs in Environmental and Natural Resources (B.S.), Forest Resource Management (B.S.), Forest Resources (M.F.R., M. S., Ph.D.), and Wildlife and Fisheries Biology (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.). He is a member of The Wildlife Society, The South Carolina Chapter of The Wildlife Society, and the Society of American Foresters. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist by The Wildlife Society and author of the book Managing Wildlife (SweetWater Press).

Emeritus Board Members

Gary Everhardt was the ninth Director of the US National Park Service. After receiving a degree in Civil Engineering at North Carolina State University in 1957, he served as an Army officer and then went on to be an NPS engineer. He rose to the superintendency of Grand Teton National Park in 1972 and became the Director of the US National Park Service in 1975. As Director he pushed wilderness designation and oversaw programming for the observance of the United States Bicentennial. He ended his 43 year career with the NPS as the Superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway and he still lives in the Asheville area with his family today.

LeeTalbot Dr. Lee Talbot is an ecologist and geographer with over 60 years experience in 134 countries. Dr. Talbot is a Professor of Environmental Science, International Affairs & Public Policy at George Mason University (GMU) and a senior environmental advisor to World Bank, U.N. organizations and foreign governments. He has held positions as the Director-General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Assistant to Chairman, Chief Scientist and Foreign Affairs Director of the White House President’s Council on Environmental Quality for Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter; Head of Environmental Sciences at the Smithsonian Institution; and an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. With his biologist wife, he spent over six years starting in the 1950s conducting pioneering ecosystem research on the Serengeti-Mara Plains of East Africa. They subsequently conducted the Southeast Asia Project of the IUCN as environmental advisors to 11 nations.

Dr. Talbot is a member of over 20 committees and panels of the National Academy of Sciences, and Senior Scientific Advisor to the International Council of Scientific Unions. A pioneer in developing and applying ecosystem science and development of environmental policies, he was an author of the Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, World Heritage Convention, and many other national and international laws and policies. He  has served as president, vice president or board member of a number of national and international scientific and environmental organizations. He has conducted over 160 exploration and research expeditions to remote or unknown areas on five continents.

Author of over 300 scientific, technical and popular publications including 17 books and monographs, with some translations in nine foreign languages. Listed in seven different volumes of the Marquis Who’s Who (including current Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in American Education), he has received numerous national and international awards and recognitions for scientific accomplishments, environmental achievements, exploration, teaching, popular and scientific writing, and documentary film. These have included the Coolidge Medal the IUCN (2016),  2016 Powell Award of the Cosmos Club, 2016 Legacy Award from Defenders of Wildlife, the 2009 Explorers Medal, the 2008 University of California Excellence in Achievement Award, and among many others, awards from the World Commission on Protected Areas, the French Academy of Sciences, George Mason University, The Institute of Ecosystem Studies, the Wildlife Society, the Bombay Natural History Society, and recently, an award “on behalf of the American people” from the Secretaries of State and Interior. He was cited as "an acknowledged leader in the shaping of national and international environmental policies and principles" when receiving the Distinguished Service Award, highest recognition of the American Institute of Biological Sciences.

His other activities have included technical climber, scuba diver, white-water rafter, back-packer, skier, pilot, and championship racecar driver with professional experience on four continents. He has recently received five of the highest awards for current and career race driving.

Walker Anne Walker is a graduate of the University of Arizona. She has served as a member of the National Park System Advisory Board, The Women’s Board of the American Heart Association and Chairman of HOPE Balls. Mrs. Walker has also served as Deputy Director for Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Commerce and was Special Assistant to the Chairman and Deputy Director of Congressional Relations for the Consumer Product Safety Commision. In 1984, Mrs. Walker receives the “Chairman’s Award” for “dedication and diligence while serving as an effective liaison between the Commission and the Congress of the United States.” Mrs. Walker has held positions with Abel Company, Ron Walker and Associates, Inc., and the Dallas Market Center. Mrs. Walker is a published author and a teacher and she has 3 children and 2 grandsons.

Ron WalkerRon H. Walker was the inaugural Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Institute for Parks at Clemson University. Mr. Walker has an extensive record of accomplishments and service in business, government, and international consulting. Most recently, Mr. Walker was a Senior Partner for more than twenty years with Korn/Ferry International, the World's largest Executive Search Firm.

Mr. Walker's extensive and distinguished record of government service includes Special Assistant to the President of the United States from 1969 to 1972 where he was the founder and first director of the White House Advance Office. He was responsible for planning and coordinating all Presidential travel both domestic and international. Those visits included all 50 states and 25 countries. He personally directed the preparations for the President's historic trips to the People's Republic of China and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. President Nixon appointed him the eighth Director of the National Park Service in December, 1972 where he served until 1975. Mr. Walker has also served as a consultant to the White House Personnel Office, a senior advisor to four Presidents and on Special Diplomatic assignments abroad. In addition, he has served as a senior advisor to nine Republican Conventions, highlighted by his Chairmanship and position of CEO of the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas, Texas. At the request of President Ronald Reagan, he also chaired the 50th Presidential Inauguration.

Mr. Walker has served on numerous boards, both public and private, including the Richard M. Nixon Foundation (Chairman), the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Kennedy Center, Vice Chair of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, past chairman of the Freedom's Foundation at Valley Forge, the National Park Foundation, Grand Teton National Park Foundation, Ford's Theatre, and Vice Chairman of the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution. Mr. Walker attended the University of Arizona where he studied government and American History. Upon graduation, he received a commission in the United States Army and served at Fort Knox, Fort Bragg and the Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa) from 1961-64, rising to the rank of Captain.