Graham Kerslick and Frank DiSalvo at EMC2 event

Graham Kerslick will join the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (ACSF) on October 21 as the Center’s new executive director 

Kerslick Appointed as ACSF Executive Director

October 14, 2013

Graham Kerslick and Frank DiSalvo at EMC2 event

Graham Kerslick will join the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (ACSF) on October 21 as the Center’s new executive director. Kerslick will oversee ACSF’s research funding programs, internal administration, and fiscal management. He succeeds Helene Schember, ACSF’s founding executive director, who will continue in an advisory role until her retirement at year’s end.

Graham KerslickDr. Graham Kerslick

“I look forward to joining the Atkinson Center and working with colleagues to implement the new 2013–2017 strategic plan,” Kerslick said. “We will continue to engage the Cornell community’s full range of expertise to advance sustainability.”

A leading research center administrator at Cornell since 2001, Kerslick has served as associate director of the Energy Materials Center at Cornell (EMC2), the Center on the Microenvironment and Metastasis (CMM), and Cornell’s Nanobiotechnology Center (NBTC). Previously, he worked as principal scientist at XRT Corporation, a medical technology company in Minneapolis, and as a researcher in Cornell’s Laboratory of Plasma Studies. Kerslick holds a PhD in physics from Imperial College, London.

Since first moving to Ithaca in 1983, Kerslick has helped make our community a richer and more sustainable place to live. Currently an alderman on the City of Ithaca’s Common Council, he previously served as an appointed member of Ithaca’s Parks Commission and as a board member for the Kitchen Theatre Company and GreenStar Cooperative Market. Kerslick continues to enjoy local theater and local food, as well as hiking, swimming, and gardening.

“We are delighted to have Graham join the leadership team,” ACSF director Frank DiSalvo remarked. “He is an accomplished, effective, and organized staff member with considerable experience in similar positions at Cornell. I have had the pleasure of working with Graham in the recent past, and I’m excited about working closely together in the future.”