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Chatham University Announces New Dean for Falk School of Sustainability

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University announced today the selection of Dr. Peter Walker as the new Dean of the Falk School of Sustainability.

Dr. Peter Walker was chosen following an extensive and competitive national search for the Falk School Dean position to replace the departing Dean, Dr. David Hassenzahl. A native of Ireland, Dr. Walker holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences and a PH.D. in Soil Science from Sheffield University in the United Kingdom. He has over 25 years of field work in humanitarian crises and in addressing some of the most pressing sustainability and climate-change challenges around the world, including the Sudan, Ethiopia, Iran, Pakistan, Somalia and many other countries. An accomplished speaker, author and teacher, Dr. Walker will join Chatham from Tufts University in Massachusetts where he has served as the Director of the Feinstein International Center since 2002, the Rosenberg Professor of Nutrition and Human Security since 2007, and as Associate Provost since early 2014.
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Chatham Featured in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges”

PITTSBURGH–Chatham University has once again been selected as one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review ( The education services company known for its test prep programs and college rankings, ratings, and guidebooks profiles Chatham in the fifth annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges.” This is the fourth year in a row for Chatham’s inclusion in the guide.

 The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a survey it conducted in 2013 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges to measure the schools’ commitment to the environment and to sustainability.  The institutional survey included questions on the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.  (Notes follow on how schools were chosen.)

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Chatham University Receives $15 Million Gift From the Falk Foundation

The grant will support and accelerate the education, outreach and research mission of Chatham’s renamed Falk School of Sustainability.

PITTSBURGH, PA— Chatham University has received a $15 million grant from the Falk Foundation to support Chatham’s School of Sustainability & the Environment. This grant, the largest gift Chatham has ever received in its 144-year history, builds upon the major gifts received to-date for Chatham’s School of Sustainability & the Environment and the new Eden Hall Campus from individuals and foundations including The Eden Hall Foundation, the Richard King Mellon Foundation, the McCune Foundation, Dollar Bank and PNC Charitable Trust among other supporters.

With this transformational capital gift, Chatham University will create the Falk Sustainability Endowment to support academic programs in Chatham’s interdisciplinary School of Sustainability & the Environment and help fund campus construction at Eden Hall Campus. In honor and recognition of this gift, Chatham’s School of Sustainability & the Environment will also be renamed, the Falk School of Sustainability at Chatham University. Additional highlights of the initial Falk investments include:

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