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2/13/2004 Environmental challenges focus of lecture

McMINNVILLE – William R. Ross, president of Ross and Associates Environmental Consulting, Ltd., will speak on "21st Century Environmental Challenges" Thursday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Melrose Auditorium.

His visit to Linfield is under the auspices of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. He will spend a week on campus meeting with Linfield students, faculty and staff and will lecture in classes and participate in a variety of discussions during his visit. The lectures are free and open to the public.

The firm that Ross heads in Seattle provides strategic policy, intergovernmental and public affairs consulting for both public and private clients. It specializes in hazardous and solid waste, facility siting, risk communication, regulatory integration and analysis, environmental audits and dispute resolution.

Prior to founding his company, Ross served as commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation in Juneau, Alaska. He was responsible for the administration of Alaska’s environmental protection and health, and the water, sewer and solid waste construction programs. He was also an associate director for fisheries and the environment in Washington, D.C., responsible for the development and advocacy for gubernatorial policy on state/federal issues relating to fisheries, environmental protection, oil and gas development and coast management. Other positions he has held include serving as a policy/program analyst on federal offshore oil and gas activities and as deputy coordinator for the Office of Coastal Management in Alaska.

He is an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, had a private counseling practice in Juneau and was an instructor at the University of Alaska in Juneau. In 1973 he served as a consultant for UW, working as production and financial coordinator on the restoration and completion of the 1914 Edward Curtis film on Northwest Coastal Indians, "In the Land of the War Canoes."

Ross has a bachelor’s degree from Rice University and a master’s from Duquesne University.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program brings leaders in their fields to campuses of small liberal arts colleges for a week of classes and informal discussion with students and faculty. The program brings together people from diverse backgrounds with different points of view in an atmosphere in which they can learn about each other.

For more information, call 503-883-2498.