Indiana University O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs professor John Graham has been named chair of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board. Graham served as dean of the O’Neill School from 2008-2019 and is currently a full-time faculty member and will serve a three year term on the board.

“I’ve known John Graham for years, and he is one of the best environmental scholars this country has to offer,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said. “His advice has been influential during his time on the SAB, and I am looking to his future advice as board chair.”

He has authored or co-authored 10 books and more than 200 articles for academic journals and publications. Graham was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as administrator for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget. He founded and led the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis in 1990.

“Dr. Graham is a leading scholar of risk analysis and the use of scientific information in EPA decision-making,” Harvard School of Public Health professor James Hammitt said. “He’s an experienced and effective leader of academic and government institutions. Under his chairmanship, the SAB will provide a clear voice for soundly reasoned decision-making.”

Graham has been a member of the Science Advisory Board for the past three years and holds a BA from Wake Forest University, a Master’s in Public Affairs from Duke University and a Ph.D in Urban and Public Affairs from Carnegie-Mellon University. 

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