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President Biden Announces TSU’s Dr. Earthea Nance as Regional Appointment for EPA

Posted on Friday, December 10, 2021

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President Joe Biden announced his intent this week to appoint individuals to serve in key regional roles, including TSU’s Dr. Earthea Nance, associate professor of urban planning and environmental policy, as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator for Region 6.

Regional Administrators lead the EPA’s 10 regional offices around the country, each of which is responsible for the execution of EPA programs within a set of several states and territories. EPA regional offices also ensure the views and needs of each region are incorporated into the formulation of agency and national policy. Region 6 serves Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations.

Dr. Nance was formerly the director of disaster mitigation and planning for the City of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, where she developed and implemented the City’s first approved plans for hazard mitigation, sustainability, and green energy.

For the past 15 years, Dr. Nance has conducted interdisciplinary research on the impacts of environmental hazards on vulnerable communities in Texas and Louisiana. Dr. Nance earned a Ph.D. degree in environmental engineering from Stanford University, as well as master's and bachelor's degrees from the University of California-Davis. She has been a registered professional civil engineer for 25 years and a certified floodplain manager for 12 years.

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Last updated: 12/10/2021