Graham Kerslick will join the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Oct. 21 as its new executive director, where he will oversee research funding programs, internal administration and fiscal management.
Kerslick succeeds Helene Schember, the center’s founding executive director, who will continue in an advisory role until her retirement at year’s end.
Kerslick said that he looked forward to implementing the center’s new 2013-17 strategic plan. “We will continue to engage the Cornell community’s full range of expertise to advance sustainability,” Kerslick said.
A research center administrator at Cornell since 2001, Kerslick has served as associate director of the Energy Materials Center, the Center on the Microenvironment and Metastasis and the Nanobiotechnology Center. Previously, he worked as principal scientist at XRT Corp., Minneapolis; and as a researcher in Cornell’s Laboratory of Plasma Studies. Kerslick earned his Ph.D. in physics from Imperial College, London.
Kerslick currently serves as an alderman on the Ithaca Common Council. Previously, he was an appointed member of Ithaca’s Parks Commission. He also has served board member for the Kitchen Theatre Company and GreenStar Cooperative Market.