Pontarelli Professor of Environmental Sustainability and Finance
Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 2005
Dynamics of sustainability transition, corporate ESG, natural resources and supply chains, sustainability finance, technology adoption
Jay S. Golden joins the Department of Public Administration and
International Affairs at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and
Public Affairs as the Pontarelli Professor of
Environmental Sustainability and Finance in the fall of 2021.
Prior to joining Syracuse University, Golden was the president
and CEO of Wichita State University. He
also served as a professor and vice chancellor at East Carolina University.
and inaugural co-director of the Sustainability Consortium as well as the
founder of the National Center of Excellence on SMART Innovations, Golden
is an internationally recognized academic researcher and thought leader in
corporate sustainability and natural resource supply chain sustainability. Golden was the faculty chair of the Business and Environment program at Duke
University and was one of the first faculty members in the School of
Sustainability at Arizona State University.
In September 2009, Golden received the Faculty Pioneer
Award from the Center for Business Education at the Aspen
Institute. The Aspen Institute's Faculty Pioneer Award is the
"Oscars of the business school world" according to the Financial
Times. Award recipients are recognized for demonstrating "leadership
and risk-taking in integrating ethical, environmental and social issues into
the business curriculum."
Golden was also named one of the 100 most influential people in
business ethics by the Ethisphere Institute.
In 2017, Golden was appointed to the Board of Scientific
Counselors for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where he still
serves. He has served on a number
of boards and committees including regional and state economic development and
innovation councils as well as serving on committees for the United Nations
Environment Programme. He consults for corporations, NGOs and governments
around the world on the nexus of sustainability, innovation and economic
Golden received a Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Cambridge
and a master's degree in environmental engineering and sustainable development from a joint program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
and the University of Cambridge. He also holds a Professional Mastery of
Project Management Certificate from Stanford University, an MLE in higher education from Harvard, and has a B.A. in management.
Author of more than
150 articles, Golden has participated in 100 invited presentations and more
than 150 media interviews around the world. He has testified before Congress on
sustainability and secured more than $30 million in research funding. Golden was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi
Honors Society and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society.