BI’s green business school gets a new CEO

Jon Strauss, former president of Harvey Mudd College in California, has been named president of Bainbridge Graduate Institute.

He takes the reins from Gifford Pinchot, founder and president of the six-year-old institute, which offers master’s degrees in sustainable business. Its campus is at IslandWood, the environmental-learning center on south Bainbridge Island.

Currently, 157 students are working on their master’s in sustainable business. Another 43 are working on certifications.

“The need to create businesses, nonprofits, and governmental agencies that are socially responsible and environmentally sustainable, and that support the health and long-term needs of our global communities and our planet becomes more evident each day,” Strauss stated.

“As BGI moves through the accreditation process, I am confident that my experience in accreditation with institutions of higher learning will be of benefit.”

BGI board chairman John Eisenhauer said, “This marks a major step in BGI’s emergence as a world-class and world-renowned school and in its mission of changing business for good.”

Strauss served as president of Harvey Mudd College, the liberal arts college in Claremont, Calif., from 1997 to 2006.

He also is president emeritus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute of Massachusetts.

Strauss served as vice president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute of Maryland, the University of Southern California and the University of Pennsylvania, and served in other capacities at other universities.

He holds a doctorate in systems and communication sciences from Carnegie Institute of Technology of Pennsylvania.

Strauss was appointed to the National Science Board, which oversees the National Science Foundation, in 2004.